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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Team effort saves calf

06/06/2017

Calf being winched by crews
Calf being winched by crews

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service crews dealt with a difficult animal rescue in the Staffordshire Moorlands this morning, Tuesday June 6.

“Thanks to some really good teamwork the calf was successfully rescued and reunited with the farmer.”

Neil Pedersen, Station Manager

They were called to Caldon Canal, off Cheadle Road near Cheddleton Flint Mill, after a walker spotted a calf stuck between some trees on the far side of the canal embankment.

Four crews attended, two from Leek and two from Newcastle, including the water rescue team.

Some members of the public who were moored nearby helped crews reach the other side of the canal using their barge. Once on the other side crews used a rope winch system to lift the calf and free its rear legs, which were wedged between two trees.

An inflatable walkway was used to rescue the calf, keeping it afloat so it could be pulled to the towpath and removed from the water. A waiting vet checked the calf over and thankfully, other than being extremely tired, it was uninjured.

Neil Pedersen, Station Manager, said: “When we arrived we realised this would be a tricky rescue due to the position of the calf - it had fallen down a steep embankment and become stuck between some trees.

“Accessing the calf was difficult but thanks to some kind people on a canal barge we were able to get crews across the other side of the canal quickly so they could set-up a winch to free its legs.

“Thanks to some really good teamwork the calf was successfully rescued and reunited with the farmer.”