Swan rescued as ice breaker smashes records along with harbour ice

The ship used by Toronto Fire has been in service for 79 straight days this winter...

The ice breaker used by Toronto Fire set a record on Tuesday.

This winter marks the most the boat has been needed to keep the Toronto harbour clear of ice since 2000-2001.

As a matter of fact, the William Lyon MacKenzie has been breaking ice for a record 79 consecutive days.

Stephan Powell with Toronto Fire spoke with Newstalk1010's Jerry Agar on Tuesday, and says it's important to keep the harbour open in the cold winter months, so the ferry can continue to operate, and so fire fighters can make it to and from the island in the event of an emergency.

But something unexpected happened on Tuesday.

The crew noticed a swan, frozen to the surface of the ice.

They pulled up close, while a team jumped down and helped free the majestic bird from a would-be icy grave.

They released it back into the water, where it appeared to be uninjured.

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