Four young Sitka black - tailed bucks fell upon good luck on Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters off Stephens Passage , Alaska by a group of locals on Tom Satre's 62 - foot charter vessel .Four juvenile Sitka black - tailed deer swam directly toward the boat .Once the deer reached the boat , the four began to circle the boat , looking directly at the humans on board . clearly , the bucks were distressed.With help , the typically skittish & absolutely wild animals came willingly onto the boat .Once on board , they collapsed with exhaustion , shivering.
Here the rescued bucks rest on the back of Tom Satre's boat , the Alaska Quest .All four deer were transported to Taku Harbor . Once the group reached the dock , the first buck that had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock , looked back, the leaped into the harbor , swam ashore , & disappeared into the forest . After a bit of prodding & assistance from the humans , two others followed suit , but one deer needed more help. Here he is being transported by Tom Satre
Tom , Anna & Tim Satre help the last of the "button " bucks to its feet . they did not know how long the deer had been in the icy waters . The good Samaritans describe their experiences "one of those defining moments in life ." I m sure it was for the deer , as well .