CHELSEA – Robbie Tyson and Hunter Shaw are used to catching fish when they go fishing, but on Wednesday, they reeled in something way out of the ordinary.
The two recent Chelsea graduates and former football players were going about their summer fishing in South Lake in Lyndon Township when they noticed a strange figure in the water.
Tyson quickly realized it was a baby deer that appeared to be struggling to swim in the middle of the lake and in need of assistance.
And that’s when the duo sprang into action.
“We started cruising over to it and it actually disappeared,” Tyson told MLive in a phone interview. “We were like, ‘Holy crap, it might drown.’ I didn’t know where its mom was, but we had to get it to shore. ”
The tandem cruised over to the fawn to attempt to rescue it. After 10 minutes of trying to grab the fawn with a net, Tyson decided to reach into the water and pulled the fawn onto the boat with his bare hands.
Shaw, who kicked the game-winning field goal in the state championship game last fall, said he could sense how stressed the fawn was but after a couple of minutes on the boat, it began to calm down as they cruised back to shore and released it.
“Once we let it go, it ran off fine and looked healthy,” Shaw said.
Tyson, who played defensive back for the Bulldogs, said it wasn’t unusual to see deer crossing rivers, but he was shocked to see a fawn in the middle of the water attempting to cross the lake, which he said was between 200-300 yards wide.
“I guess that fawn swam the whole way,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like that. It was crazy. It felt really good to help a little baby deer make it across the lake. ”
After releasing the baby deer, the two couldn’t stop talking about what had transpired.
“We were kind of in shock,” Tyson said. “We were like, ‘Holy crap, we just found a baby deer in the lake, and we saved its life.'”
Shaw and Tyson continued fishing following the rescue and even caught a couple of bass. But nothing they caught that day equaled up to that memorable moment.
“We were just shocked we caught a deer,” Shaw said. “We were out fishing, and we didn’t catch many fish, but we happened to catch a deer. That was kind of funny. ”