Robert Currier, a warden with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, told The Associated Press (AP) that the moose had originally swum from New York state to South Hero, Vermont. Currier arrived on the scene shortly before the moose began slipping underwater — but officers couldn’t get to him in time.
Currier confirmed that the crowd onshore is what pushed the moose back into the water.
"It was struggling pretty good at that point,” Currier told AP about the moose. “We were waiting for a boat to respond to try to assist it, but before the boat arrived, it had drowned. It was really rough out there, probably 4- to 5-foot swells and high wind."