ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR)-When little ducklings got swept away in the recent heavy rains, it was the St. Charles County Ambulance District and Cottleville Fire Protection District to the rescue.
Crews responded Saturday morning and found the mother sitting on top of a storm drain, calling to the babies. Residents hadn’t seen the duck family since before the heavy rains of Thursday and Friday and it is believed the ducklings had been swept into the storm water sewer drain.
Five of the baby ducks were rescued at the bottom of the 12-14 foot deep storm drain. Rescuers had to use a fire hose to push the remaining five ducklings from another storm water sewer drain to the other, where they were rescued. It took responders about an hour to get them all out.
Nine on the ducklings were returned to their mother, who stayed very close during the rescue. One baby duck was injured and was taken to the Wildlife Rescue Center for treatment.
Battalion Chief Brandon Jones and paramedics Josh Dortch and Sean Kiely with the St. Charles County Ambulance District and firefighter Ryan Haake with the Cottleville Fire Protection District took part in the rescue.