10/28/2011 02:08 pm ET | Updated Dec 28, 2011

Deer Trapped In D.C.'s Tidal Basin Rescued (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services units responded to a report of a deer that needed to be rescued from the Tidal Basin on Friday morning.

According to WRC-TV/NBC4:

Instead, a male deer had inadvertently gone for a morning swim.

Video of the incident shows he had no trouble swimming -- he just couldn't scale the high walls around the basin, and likely would have drowned without help.

More photos of Friday's rescue here.

It's not the first time a deer has been rescued from the Tidal Basin, home to the Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials. In October 2006, a similar situation played out before television cameras.

View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.