12/05/2014 11:01 EST | Updated 02/04/2015 05:59 EST

Trapped loon rescued by west Quebec residents

Residents in the west Quebec community of La Pêche have rescued a loon that had been trapped by rapidly encroaching lake ice.

The loon was born this summer on Pike Lake in La Pêche, north of Edelweiss. Its parents and siblings took off for southern climates in October.

But the loon stayed behind and could no longer take off from the lake which only has a few metres of open water left to swim and fish in.

Celine Perrier said the bird was rescued this morning at 7 a.m. when she and two others made a raft using two flat-bottom canoes secured together with two by fours.

Perrier said the set up took twenty minutes and the rescue itself took less than five minutes.

The volunteers used a fish net to get the loon on board and then placed the bird in a container.

The bird is now at Ottawa's Wild Bird Care Centre.

If the bird is healthy, residents want to release it into a bigger, ice-free lake, where they hope the loon will finally head south for the winter.