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Firefighters rescue duckling from storm sewer

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A duckling rescued from a storm drain at Flamingo Road near Palos Verde on Tuesday, April 29. (Source: Clark County Fire Dept.) A duckling rescued from a storm drain at Flamingo Road near Palos Verde on Tuesday, April 29. (Source: Clark County Fire Dept.)
Firefighters use a tripod and lowering system belonging to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue to rescue a duckling from a storm drain on Tuesday, April 29. (Source: Clark County Fire Dept.) Firefighters use a tripod and lowering system belonging to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue to rescue a duckling from a storm drain on Tuesday, April 29. (Source: Clark County Fire Dept.)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

There's no job too small for Clark County and Las Vegas firefighters.

On Tuesday at 2:15 p.m., three women who are visiting Las Vegas from Nashville, TN, walked into the lobby of the Clark County Fire Department, reporting that they saw two ducklings fall into a storm grate on Flamingo Road, near Palos Verde Street.

A mother duck walked over the storm drain, and the ducklings followed and fell in.

To make matters worse, the ducklings then walked down a drain pipe, falling 15 feet into a foot of water in the main storm sewer.

County firefighters responded, realizing special equipment would be needed to rescue the ducklings. A call was made to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue's Confined Space Rescue Team, which aided in the effort.

Crews accessed the sewer using a tripod and lowering system. A rescuer was able to locate and recover one of the ducklings.

The recovered baby duck was taken to Paradise Pet Hospital and will be transferred to Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary.

Firefighters said confined spaces such as the one the ducklings fell into have limited access and are not intended for human entry. In addition, they can have limited oxygen and contain hazardous gases.

Entry into spaces such as this requires special suits, communications equipment, tethered breathing air and emergency air supplies, firefighters said.

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