Published: October 31, 2012
Stranded cow rescued from centre of river near Burnham-On-Sea

A cow became stranded on a sand bank in the middle of the River Parrett near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (October 30th).

Fire rescue teams were called to Combwich at around 2pm to find the animal stuck in the middle of the estuary with the tide incoming around it.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "Due to the fast moving tide, the animal started to float across to the Pawlett side of the river."

"Fire crews deployed an inflatable boat, tethered the animal with rescue lines and rescued the cow from the river. Crews liaised with the owner of the animal to arrange a safe return."

Firefighters were accompanied by a specialist animal rescue team at the scene.

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