Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Petersburg firefighters free stuck duck from dryer vent

ST. PETERSBURG — You've heard of firefighters pulling a cat from a tree, but on Tuesday they pulled a duck from a dryer vent.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue went to 1200 Crescent Lake Drive N to investigate a report of a duck stuck in a dryer vent. Not just any duck, but a "local duck," authorities said.

Homeowner Paul Smith, 56, said he heard an unusual noise when he woke up Tuesday morning.

Quacking, to be precise.

Smith found a beak sticking out of a dryer vent. It was attached to a duck.

"Its head was just bobbing up and down," Smith said. "I didn't know whether they could bite or not. I wasn't going to stick my hand up there."

Firefighters used tin snips to free the male quacker. Smith's house is a short distance from Crescent Lake, so he thought the duck must have flown on to his roof, went down the dryer vent Santa-style and got trapped.

After the duck was freed, Smith clapped and shouted, "All right!" Then the unnamed duck waddled off to the lake.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue stressed that firefighters responded in a nonemergency mode, so they remained available for emergency calls while assisting Smith with his "stuck duck."

St. Petersburg firefighters free stuck duck from dryer vent 04/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:47am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines

    World

    MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday that he'll be harsh in enforcing martial law in his country's south as he abruptly left Moscow to deal with a crisis at home sparked by a Muslim extremist siege on a city, where militants burned buildings overnight and are feared to have …

    Policemen watches vehicles at a checkpoint in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May 24, 2017 as the Philippine National Police is placed under full alert status following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao southern Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday that he'll be harsh in enforcing martial law in his country's south as he abruptly left Moscow to deal with a crisis at home sparked by a Muslim extremist siege on a city, where militants burned buildings overnight and are feared to have taken hostages. [Associated Press]
  2. Manchester police say they have made three more arrests in concert bombing

    World

    BREAKING: Manchester police say they have made three more arrests over pop concert bombing. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

    PREVIOUS STORY:

    People light candles after a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, Tuesday May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on Monday night. [Associated Press]
  3. Who will headline the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa?

    Blogs

    The NFL announced Tuesday that Tampa will host Super Bowl LV in 2021, a result of stadium construction delays in Los Angeles.

    Taylor Swift performed at Raymond James Stadium in 2015. Could she return for Super Bowl LV in 2021?
  4. New DEP secretary says there's no conflict in political side businesses

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — When Noah Valenstein, the newly appointed head of the Department of Environmental Protection, was applying in April to be the state's top environmental regulator, he left one thing off the application: Companies he started and his wife runs have been paid nearly $1 million by politicians and lobbying …

     Noah Valenstein got the job as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday May 23rd, on a unanimous vote by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet. He will take the helm on June 5, with a salary of $150,000 per year. [Florida Governor's Office]
  5. Trump says 'we can use peace' during meeting with Pope Francis

    Religion

    VATICAN CITY — President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican City on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.

    Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. [Associated Press]