Fire crews rescue five horses stuck in water at Guyhirn and a cow stuck in water at Whittlesey

Fire crews rescue cow from river at Whittlesey Fire crews rescue cow from river at Whittlesey

Monday, December 9, 2013
10:33 AM

Fire crews rescued five horses stuck waist deep in flood water at Guyhirn and also rescued a cow stuck in water at Whittlesey.

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One crew from Whittlesey, one crew from Dogsthorpe and a rescue vehicle from Dogsthorpe were called to the river in Benwick Road, Whittlesey, on Friday.

A fire service spokesman said: “A cow was in distress trapped in a river. Specially trained firefighters used animal rescue equipment and techniques to rescue the animal, which was assessed by a vet.”

Crews returned to their stations by 11.55am.

On Thursday, the night of the floods, one crew from Wisbech, one crew from March, and one crew from Dogsthorpe and a rescue vehicle from Dogsthorpe were called to reports of five horses trapped in flood water at a location off the A47 junction with the B198 at Guyhirn.

Five horses were waist deep in flood water and specially trained animal rescue technicians led the horses to safety.

Police attendance was required to close the road.

Station Commander Richard Dykes said: “At this time when the risk of flooding, especially from rivers, is high, we would urge all animal owners to make sure adequate arrangements are made for their animals.

“This will ensure they do not become stranded and trapped in flood water. Move them to a safe location where there is reduced risk of flooding and ensure they are securely fenced in.”

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