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Drunk Woman Tries to Save Ducks From Sandy

Emergency services are forced to rescue a wasted would-be duck savior from a creek at the height of the storm.

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By Will Godfrey

10/31/12

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A drunken woman from Pennsylvania leaped into a raging creek on Monday night to "save the wild ducks," said police, causing one call-out that hard-pressed emergency services could probably have done without. Clearly unaffected by any storm-induced liquor drought, 41-year-old Justina Lyn Laniewski of Glen Rock, Pa. apparently announced her resolution to rescue the 20 or 30 ducks floating in Codorus Creek—which was nearly flooding—before plunging into the water. Her four-year-old daughter was with her and tried to follow suit. Luckily a neighbor managed to stop the girl, then run to the nearby firehouse for help. Eight firefighters were involved in Laniewski's rescue, and police described her as uncooperative, "intoxicated and somewhat of a problem." She was charged with risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, and released on $5,000 bail. The fate of the ducks is unclear.

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