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Firefighters rescue cow trapped in farm's slurry pit for 24 hours

By Chris McCullough

Published 16/10/2015

The cow being slowly raised
The cow being slowly raised
The cow being slowly raised
Rescuers in the pit

These are the dramatic scenes of a very lucky cow being rescued from a slurry tank where it was trapped for more than 24 hours after falling in.

Firefighters were called to the Co Down farm on Tuesday afternoon, but they decided a rescue would be too dangerous due to the amount of slurry and fears of fumes.

They returned to the farm on Blackskull Road, Dromore, the next morning after the slurry had been drained.

And by 3pm on Wednesday - after more than 24 hours in the tank - the beast was hoisted to safety by firefighters using oxygen masks and equipment from the NI Fire Service's animal rescue crew.

A spokesman for the Fire Service said: "We were called out to an incident on Tuesday on the Blackskull Road, Dromore, where a cow was stuck in a slurry tank.

"We assessed the situation and concluded that no rescue attempt could be made at that time for safety reasons.

"The farmer was advised not to try to rescue the animal himself. The tank was to be drained and the situation reassessed the following morning by us.

"Firefighters were at the scene again on Wednesday morning and a rescue took place. The cow was removed by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using animal rescue equipment and the farmer's teleporter."

A number of resources were used in the rescue including one fire appliance from Dromore, two from Lurgan, the specialist rescue team from Central Fire Station and the animal rescue team from Newcastle.

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