Alberta man rescued an eagle from Windermere Lake Saturday

Eagle rescue goes viral

An Alberta man had a wild British Columbian adventure last weekend, when he rescued an eagle from an Interior lake. 

Brett Bacon was boating on Windermere Lake, near Invermere, on Saturday with his partner and infant when they came upon an eagle in the water. 

Bacon told CTV News the eagle was barely keeping above the surface, so they circled back and he scooped it out of the lake. The large bird attempted to immediately fly away, but it fell right back in the water. 

Bacon went in for a second rescue attempt, and this time he held on, suffering a few scratches from the bird's sharp talons in the process. 

They brought the eagle to shore, where it was able to dry off, and eventually fly away. 

The incredible rescue was captured on camera by Bacon's partner, and Bacon uploaded it to Instagram.

"Happy 4th of July," he wrote as a caption. "Saved a baby eagle from drowning in the middle of the lake, had to prove to my son I’m cool."

The video has since picked up steam online, with TMZ and the New York Post picking up the story Thursday. 

– with files from CTV News

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