After learning of a stranded deer on Albert Lea Lake last Sunday, a father-son duo set out to rescue the animal and ended up saving two of its friends as well.

Doug and James Kenison, owners of MedCity Hovercraft, sprung into action after seeing a photo on KAAL’s Facebook page of one of the deer resting on the ice. The pair took hovercrafts out on the ice where they found three helpless deer more than a quarter mile from shore.

“They weren’t actually stuck in the ice, it was just so slippery that they just couldn’t get their footing,” James Kennison told KAAL.

James and his father carefully tied rope around the midsections of the deer that had been stranded for days and used a hovercraft to drag them over the ice to the shoreline.

A video of the rescue shows one of the deer quickly run off into the woods while the other two struggled to regain their strength.

The hovercrafts, which travel on both land and water, are helpful this time of year when the lake is only partially frozen.

“They’re a good tool, especially in situations like this where the ice, you’re just not sure if it’s thick enough,” James said.

Doug Kenison also used a hovercraft to reach a stranded dog a couple years ago.


Responses to "Father, son rescue 3 deer from frozen lake in Albert Lea (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    you should have killed them and eat them.

  2. Unknown says:

    So sweet!

  3. Unknown says:

    amazing, rue people, help animals in need.

  4. JoAnne DeSimone says:

    What a great story, thank god there's good people out there. And you and your son are. thanks for sharing. have a Merry Christmas!

  5. Unknown says:

    Amazing, true people help animals in need.

  6. Anonymous says:

    that was an excellent rescue well done

  7. Anonymous says:

    You're a jerk

  8. Thank you!! ♥

  9. Anonymous says:

    Above comment meant for the person who said they should have killed them and ate them. Sorry! This was an awesome thing they did!

  10. dpanozzo says:

    AWESOME! thank you!

  11. Anonymous says:

    amazing to the father and son,bless you..nice to see a happy end for the deers...angelrose

  12. Anonymous says:

    Love people like this!

  13. bronte says:

    Filled with admiration for you all! From people who respect animals - Thank you!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thank goodness for a happy ending for all. Always dangerous out on ice. Thankyou for helping animals in peril!

  15. Unknown says:

    wonderful, the Creator will bless you,

  16. Anonymous says:

    What a jackass

  17. Unknown says:

    I was laughing and had tears at the same time.. I love when humans act humanly <3

  18. Amazing animals, amazing humans....thank you!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Well done so compassionate

  20. margaret Neary says:

    Just superb thank you :-)

  21. Wanda Wolf says:


  22. Anonymous says:

    A Very Merry Christmas to you both, and thank you for the video, and for being two wonderful human beings saving these beautiful animals :)

  23. Anonymous says:

    Its no joke yu know its hard enuf too rescue these animals! wivout stupid hurtfull comments grow up !!!

  24. Unknown says:

    Wonderful! And I think one of them bonded with dad. She was so calm!! Amazing thing the two of you did. Watching them try to get up was so sad.

  25. Unknown says:

    This was so amazing and I am so thankful that you and your son took the time to save these deer. Your rewards will be noted, and we bless you for your kindness. THANK YOU FROM THE HEART., AND GOD BLESS YOU BOTH.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Awesome rescue...Thank you...

  27. Anonymous says:

    It was wonderful . Thank heavens for people like you. The animals probably would have died out there, had you not rescued them.

  28. bev says:

    i cried watching you it was beautiful, they were so lucky it was you who found them . its sad that some people only think kill ,bev australia

  29. Anonymous says:

    Kind hearts and brave souls. It was obvious the deer were calm and had no fear of either father or son. God bless you both, and have a Merry Christmas!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Wish the media would share these types of videos more often. You guys were amazing! This made my evening. Thanks so much!

  31. Anonymous says:

    So awsome!! You guys are wonderful.

  32. Anonymous says:

    So awsome!! You guys are wonderful.

  33. Anonymous says:

    beautiful. there should be more people like this.

  34. Teresa Dickerson says:

    Everyone in this world should have a heart so big! Thanks for saving them! Your amazing! God Bless!!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    So glad there are good, caring people in this world. Thanks for your kindness to these poor animals.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Thank you. Killing them in such a helpless situation would be horrible - your kindness is touching.

  37. Anonymous says:

    i gave some water on my fingers to a beautiful butterfly and let it pass the night with me and the next day i helped her to go out again :P lol it felt great though

  38. Thank you very much for people like you out there. I hope that more and more people will follow suit. Thank you.

  39. Unknown says:

    That was awesome!!

  40. Anonymous says:

    Well done, fellows. St Francis would be proud of you...

  41. Anonymous says:

    This is truly an act many should appreciate. God bless you for your compassion towards this magnificent creature. This goes to show not all are heartless. Thank you. Its nice to know there are people lke me still around.

  42. Unknown says:

    Awesome father and son! What a wonderful act of caring!!!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Thank you.Your compassion is inspiring.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Thank you gentlemen for your kind act towards the animal world.

  45. Unknown says:

    U guys are heroes, need more people like you in the world

  46. Anonymous says:

    What kind of English gtammar is that. You ignoramous

  47. Anonymous says:

    awesome acts of kindness.

  48. dc3gal says:

    This was amazing and heartwarming to watch. Thank you for being there for them. I have to wonder though how in heck did those 3 get out there?

  49. debbie says:

    Such a big thank you from millions of people who are so greatful for your time and efforts, it realy brought tears of joy to me eyes ..thank you for helping the helpless xxxxx

  50. Unknown says:


  51. Anonymous says:

    it was amazing! You and your faher have probably the biggest hearts I've ever seen!

  52. Joyce says:

    That's a great thing you did. I believe most humans feel joy and pride in helping other sentient beings in need. Please consider expanding our circle of compassion to include all animals - such as farm animals (learn about the horrors of factory farming) and animals forced into slavery (zoos, circuses) - animals are here with us, not for us. Thank you for this. nice job

  53. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for saving them.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Thanks is all that needs to be said.

  55. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your selfless acts of compassion.

  56. Anonymous says:

    wonderful thing

  57. Anonymous says:

    So Thankful for people like you! Great Rescue - this made my day!

  58. bravi...

  59. Anonymous says:

    thank you for doing the great job taking care of are poor creatures who need are help love you God bless all of you

  60. Anonymous says:

    Heartfelt thanks to father & son to act & do something, my hat goes off to you....Merry Christmas

  61. Anonymous says:

    Thair are compassionate people out there

  62. Unknown says:

    Thats a Good deal. Great humanity toward our animal kingdom. The right thing to do...

  63. Anonymous says:

    thanks for helping we do not find many people to do this anymore

  64. Anonymous says:

    I thought they did the right thing to do is rescue when they are helpless. What they did was awesome.

  65. Anonymous says:

    They did a awesome job at rescuing those deer, and I would also like to say most hunters would do the same when it is not a season. Try to preserve what we have left in this country.

  66. Unknown says:

    Wonderful and compassionate job well done.

  67. Unknown says:


  68. Anonymous says:

    Hey guys you should be darn proud of yourselves if only the world had more of yous..way to go

  69. Unknown says:


  70. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Those deer were so lucky you guys cared enough to help. Most people would've just said how terrible and forgot all about them. Bless you both and know the world is a better place with you in it.

  71. Anonymous says:

    If u were stuck I'd kill you and burn you

  72. pilvikki says:

    that was a lovely video! thank you!
    now could someone remove the troll comments of that low-life coward hiding behind the anon tag?

  73. Hvala vam!

  74. Anonymous says:

    Awesome God bless you both

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