The animal had been swimming around Heeten for about two weeks, in the Overijssels Canal between Raalte and Deventer, with fishing line twisted around its head and mouth. Employees of the animal ambulance were already aware and had already decided to wait a while. The hope was that the swan would weaken a bit and be easier to catch.
That was supposed to happen today, but it turned out to be anything but easy. The fire brigade and animal ambulance staff tried to catch the animal, but the swan ran off swimming. Divers from the fire service then went into the water and drove the animal to a shallower side channel.
There were people ready with a landing net, but the swan didn’t feel like it at all. The bird managed to escape five times, much to the amusement of bystanders and emergency services. Eventually the swan gave up and could be caught with the landing net.
The fishing line was cut loose and the emaciated and weakened swan was then taken by the animal ambulance staff to recuperate. When the animal has recovered from the adventure, the swan is released back into the canal.