A fawn that became stranded on a patch of ice in Finland's Inkoo archipelago has gotten a hand from members of the Finnish coast guard.

They spotted the unsteady animal from their hovercraft during a regular patrol on Saturday.

Senior Coast Guard officer Sebastian von Bruun filmed colleague Kristian Rasted pulling the "helpless white-tailed deer on the slippery ice" back to shore. Rasted gave a thumbs-up after the fawn rushed into the woods.

Von Brunn said: "The mother deer was very happy and grateful to get her baby back."

The Coast Guard said while animal rescue missions are not part of its personnel's normal duties, they do occur from time to time.

The Finnish Border Guard, of which the coast guard is past, posted the rescue video on social media.