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Scotland hero wades into the sea to save drowning deer at Hunstanton




A panic-stricken deer was plucked from the sea at Hunstanton on Sunday by a hero holidaymaker.

The dramatic rescue unfolded near the pier in front of crowds of people watching the animal struggle against the tide.

The terrified animal was saved by Jack Ventham (29) who ran into the water fully clothed and managed to grab it and bring it to shore.

Hero Jack Ventham and his proud son Mason after the rescue
Hero Jack Ventham and his proud son Mason after the rescue

“Everyone was cheering and clapping,” said Jack’s girlfriend Jessica Loft who watched the drama unfold with Jack’s seven-year-old son Mason.

She explained that the three of them were making their way to the mini golf course when they saw crowds of people looking over the sea wall down into the water.

“We realised it was a baby deer in the water, being pushed about by the waves and crashing against the sea w all,” she said.

A bystander holds the deer while Jack dries off. Pictures: SUBMITTED
A bystander holds the deer while Jack dries off. Pictures: SUBMITTED

“Jack is a real animal loverand a good swimmer and he didn’t hesitate. He just ran down to help.”

She said that it took him some time to get close enough to the deer and be able to catch it and during his rescue attempt he, too, wasknocked into the side of the seawall.

“It was screaming as he carried it up the steps and handed it to a lifeguard who wrapped it in a blanket”

She said that the RSPCA had been called and they took it away. She later heard that apart from some minor injuries it was fine and none the worse for its ordeal.

“Mason was so chuffed. He thinks his dad is a real hero,” said Jessica.

She said that she thought it was a muntjak and she heard that it had been spotted running out of a local shop.

Jack, who lives in Scotland, had not taken a change of clothes with him on his day out and had to go in to the town to buy something fresh to wear.

“It certainly turned out to be a Norfolk experience for him to remember,” said Jessica who managed to capture some of the rescue on camera.



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