Diving deer interrupts children’s swimming class in California

BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) — A swimming lesson at a California school was interrupted when a deer ran out onto the deck and fell into the pool.

Lifeguard Jasper Solomon said a swimming class for kids ages 3-6 was in progress Thursday at King Middle School in Berkeley when a deer ran out onto the pool deck and plunged into the water mere feet away from the swimming children.

Solomon and his boss, Adonis Boyd, quickly ushered the children and parents out of the pool before setting about using floatation devices to help the deer.

“Our staff is trained in dealing with lots of emergencies but never a deer in the pool,” Denise Brown, Berkeley’s Recreation and Youth Service Manager, told KPIX-TV. “They sprang into action!”

Solomon and Boyd helped the deer float toward the pool steps.

“The staff kind of gently led the deer to the pool steps and the little deer sprung out of the pool and ran into the bushes,” Brown told KABC-TV.

The deer did not appear to be injured, witnesses said.

Staff treated the water and tested it for contamination before the children got back in to resume their lesson.

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