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Watch fishing boat stumble across red deer flailing half a mile out to sea

The captain of a fishing boat had a double take when he spotted a young deer half a mile out to sea.

Mark Bowditch, 56, was on a mackerel fishing charter in Weymouth when he spotted the exhausted animal desperately paddling in 50-metre deep water.

“Initially I just thought it was a basking shark swimming slowly across the surface," he said. "Then when I got a little bit closer and it turned, I saw it had two ears!"

Mark managed to lasso the deer, which appeared to be a young Red Doe, and bring it on board the boat with the help of one of the charter guests.

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