USA TODAY NETWORKCydney Henderson, The Arizona RepublicPublished 6:29 p.m. ET Aug. 1, 2017 | Updated 6:29 p.m. ET Aug. 1, 2017
PHOENIX — Lobstermen have many strange encounters during their time at sea.
This memorable account in Maine, however, is one for the books.
Lobsterman John Chipman and his sternman Kevin Meaney lent a helping hand to one of the country’s most cherished animals — a bald eagle.
The national bird of the United States symbolizes unlimited freedom, but a wildlife biologist who serves as Maine’s bird group leader says this particular eagle was on the brink of drowning.
“I knew it wasn’t going to make it,” said Chipman. “The way he was acting, I knew he wanted help.”