CLEVELAND -- On Thursday's sun-soaked afternoon, a local fisherman was surprised to find more than fish swimming around Lake Erie.

When Ralph Stock says he was about 1,000 yards offshore a deer was swimming straight toward them.

"We were in disbelief for a moment, then we tried to position ourselves to get the deer to swim back to shore rather than continue swimming out in to the lake," Stock said in an e-mail.

Stock says theCoast Guard was called and a boat came out to help the deer.

According to Stock, the deer made it safely back to shore.