Good teamwork and a ‘smooth plan of action’ leads to calf being rescued from river

Firefighters were called to rescue a calf stuck in the river in Mepal yesterday afternoon (Monday Ju

Firefighters were called to rescue a calf stuck in the river in Mepal yesterday afternoon (Monday June 1). Crews from Sutton, Ely and Cambridge were called to the incident on Engine Bank at 6.58pm. Picture: CAMBS FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE - Credit: Archant

Good teamwork and a “smooth plan of action” led to the rescue of a calf that had got stuck in a river at Mepal.

Fire rews from Sutton, Ely and Cambridge were called to the incident on Engine Bank at 6.58pm yesterday (Monday June 1).

Wearing specialist in-water kit a crew entered the river to safely release the cow and return it to its herd.

Station commander Clive Allen, one of the officers at the incident, said: “This was a really good joint effort.

“The crews put a smooth plan of action in place to rescue the calf and reunite it with the rest of the herd.”


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He also advised people not to enter water themselves to try and help if they see an animal in distress.

He said: “Please think twice and dial 999 to ask for the fire service as we have specialist trained crews that can enter the water safely to carry out a rescue, whether it be an animal in distress or a person in difficulty.”

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