A fowl outcome was averted this week when good Samaritans from the Westport Fire Department reunited a mother duck in distress with her five young ones that had tumbled into a storm drain.

The ducklings fell into the storm drain Monday morning while following their mother along Compo Beach Road near the intersection with Bradley Street.

“We got a call from the animal control officer that the ducklings were in the storm drain,” said Fire Department Assistant Chief Training Officer Robert Yost.

“We see this a lot,” he added. “The mom walks over the grate but the babies are a lot smaller and they fall through.” The call, he said, came in around 11:22 a.m. Monday.

Firefighters called to the scene “popped the storm drain and opened a bunch of storm water covers” to retrieve the trapped ducklings, he said.

A metal clam basket was used to gather them up, Yost said.

All the ducklings were reunited with their mother following the lengthy rescue operations by Lt. Brett Kirby and Firefighters Nicholas Marsan and Theodore Crawford of Engine Co. 4 from the Saugatuck Fire Station, Yost said.

The rescue was completed just before 1:30 p.m., and the feathered family was reunited when the mother was located in a nearby pond.