Sometimes a good news story captures the attention of the general public, and the video goes viral with over 8 million hits on the internet. Such was the case in 2010 with a video about Tom Satre saving four deer from drowning in the frigid waters near Juneau, Alaska.

Tom and his wife own a 65-foot custom made steel expedition trawler called the Alaska Quest. The yacht, used to give charter tours, has three private staterooms. Two have queen sized beds with a shower across the hall. The third has twin size bunk beds with a shower down the hall. The boat also has four kayaks and two skiffs on deck. The Web site is

During the cruises the yacht passes by glaciers and forests. Guests often see seals, whales, bear, deer, and other wildlife. On this cruise, Tom and the crew saw something different.

Tom and his family had decided to take the yacht to Taku Harbor, twenty-one miles from Juneau, for a picnic. During the cruise, four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward the yacht, which was about two miles off shore.

Tom described the scene: “Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at us. We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed. I opened up my back gate, and we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals onto the boat. In all my years fishing, I’ve never seen anything quite like it! Once on board, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.”

“Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say ‘thank you’ and disappeared into the forest. After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed, but the smallest deer needed a little more help.” Tom got a wheelbarrow from a state park and carried the smallest deer to shore. The deer was able to follow the others into the woods.

To see a video about this amazing rescue of the four deer, go to Man Saves Deer from Drowning on Alaskan Waters at

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—By Karen Centowski

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