Three rescue services joined forces in a four-hour battle to save a cow stuck in deep mud on the banks of a Lancashire river.
Firefighters teamed up with members of the Bay Search and Rescue service and a hovercraft crew from the RNLI to free the animal from the side of the River Lune at Overton.
“It was a fantastic team effort,” said a spokesman for the fire brigade in Lancaster. “The cow was stuck fast and it was a long job getting it out.
“No-one wants to see an animal suffer and we were all relieved when we finally freed it. The farmer was very grateful. The animal was in a state of shock and it will take a few days before it is back to normal. But it’s alive, that’s the main thing.” Two fire crews from Lancaster were joined by six members of Bay Search and Rescue with heavy lifting gear. The RNLI hovercraft attended the incident for safety reasons.