Large Animal Rescue

10th February 2014

On Friday the 7th of February we received a call from Lancashire Fire and Rescue to assist with a Large Animal Rescue at Overton near Heysham.

The request was sent via Fire Control for the attendance of ourselves and  the RNLI hovercraft to give safety cover from the River Lune.

All three organisations worked as one for several hours, ever mindful of the impending high tide, utilising our specialist equipment, skills and teamwork, concluding the incident with the incoming tide lapping at their ankles and the safe extrication of the cow.

Watch Manager Martin Sherwood of Blue watch at Lancaster Fire Station coordinated rescue operations at the scene. “This is a prime example of how Statutory and Voluntary rescue organisations can work together to ensure the safe and successful conclusion of rescue operations.”

Morecambe RNLI hovercraft crew member Colin Midwinter said “This operation was an excellent example in demonstrating how the combined resources and expertise of the various rescue organisations can achieve successful outcomes under challenging circumstances.”

In the event of an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard (coastal rescue) or Fire & Rescue (land rescue).

For advice call the Team Duty Officer on the 24/7 Direct Number: 0300 999 0333 and if required we will inform the appropriate service.