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May 18, 2013

Firefighters save nine ducklings

DANVERS — Thursday turned into “Make Way for Ducklings” day for Danvers firefighters who scooped up a flock of ducklings which had plunged into a storm drain.

At 7:27 a.m., Danvers firefighters responded to 180 Newbury St., the Endicott Green apartments, Building 2, for a report that nine ducklings had fallen into the storm drain, fire Chief Kevin Farrell said.

The ducklings were apparently following their mother, who had walked over the storm drain, according an email from firefighter Brian Barry. While her webbed feet kept her from falling, the ducklings followed her and fell through the holes in the cover. They wound up in the water eight feet below.

Engine 2’s crew of acting Lt. David Morin, firefighter Rob Parsons and firefighter Marc Santorella removed the storm drain cover and put a ladder into the storm drain. Santorella climbed in to rescue the trapped little ducks.

“At the bottom he found nine ducklings, and also discovered that the water was just a little deeper than the top of the boots he was wearing,” Barry said. Santorella, wet feet and all, used a bucket to scoop the ducklings out several at a time. All nine were returned safely to their mother.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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