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.”