FIRE and rescue officers have been called out to rescue a cow after it tumbled down a steep bank and became stuck in deep water.
Crews from Ashbourne, animal rescue specialists from Matlock and water rescue specialists from Kingsway attended the rescue, in the mill race in fields at Woodeaves Farm in Fenny Bentley.
Officers were unable to enter the still water, near to the Bentley Brook and off the B5056, so used an inflatable raft to secure straps to the female dairy cow, which is in calf.
Farmer Johnathan Sims first spotted the cow tumbling down the bank at around 7.30am on Friday and Ashbourne’s fire service was called out.
Officers made the scene safe while waiting for the extra crews to turn out and specialist officers secured straps to the animal and laid out a sheet along the bank to slide the cow up.
The straps were attached to a tractor and the cow was heaved up into the field at around noon.
Within a few minutes the cow was standing up and its owner believes it will not suffer any ill effects.