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Firefighters rescue cow from slurry pit

10/01/2014

Firefighters have rescued a cow that became stuck in a slurry pit at a farm in Newcastle.

"This was a challenging rescue as, due to the wet weather we have experienced in the last few days, the cow was well and truly stuck in the slurry pit. The crews used specialist agricultural equipment as well as the water rescue tender in order to release the animal without causing it too much distress." 

Leek Watch Manager Paul Burton

Crews from Newcastle and Leek as well as the water rescue tender attended the incident at a farm on Bent Lane in Whitmore.

The Service was alerted to the situation by the farmer who called the control centre at 7.05am yesterday.

Firefighters used specialist equipment including strops, lines and a telescopic machine in order to lift the animal out of the slurry store. The cow was released at 9.29am and crews left the scene at 9.59am.

Leek Watch Manager Paul Burton said: "This was a challenging rescue as, due to the wet weather we have experienced in the last few days, the cow was well and truly stuck in the slurry pit.

"The crews used specialist agricultural equipment as well as the water rescue tender in order to release the animal without causing it too much distress. A vet was called to the farm to check the cow over and make sure that it was ok.

"I would urge all farmers to ensure that slurry pits are fenced off and that the gates are firmly closed at all times. Also, a warning to young people to avoid these areas, it may seem like a bit of fun, but the consequences of getting stuck in a slurry pit can be serious."