25th Oct, 2016

Unit called in to rescue muddy cow

Aaron Wise 7th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A SPECIALIST animal rescue unit from Pershore teamed up with firefighters and Worcester farmers to save a cow which had got stuck in deep mud.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) were called to the incident at a field in Spetchley on Sunday (August 2) at 4.30pm.

The specialist unit from Pershore found the elderly cow trapped in about one meter of mud.

The farmer managed to clear the field of the other cows and a large bull.

The Pershore crew, led by Commander Justin Challenger, were able to get to the cow using an inflatable platform and secured a safety harness to its head and a strap underneath it.

Rob Adams, a neighbouring farmer, was at the scene throughout and was finally able to pull the cow out of the mud with his telehandler.

Group Commander George Marshall, from HWFRS said: “This was a challenging rescue that demonstrated the effectiveness of our animal rescue equipment, training and leadership.

“A combination of hard work and great teamwork from fire service crews, the owner, and local farmers, resulted in a tired and muddy cow being safely returned to her field, and tired and muddy firefighters being safely returned to their station.

“Everyone should be hugely proud of their actions at this incident and I would like to extend my thanks to everybody involved in what was a job well done.”