Cows 'stranded' on canal ledge in Withnell

The farmer and the firefighters successfully coaxed the animals back to the farm using food.
The farmer and the firefighters successfully coaxed the animals back to the farm using food.
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A group of around 12 juvenile cows were reported as "stranded" on a ledge in shallow canal water near Withnell, say fire services.

Two crews from Chorley and Darwen attended the report at around 1.30pm on July 3 near to the canal bridge at Withnell Fold.

The farmer and the firefighters successfully coaxed the animals back to the farm using food.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "We responded to a report of fifteen juvenile cows stranded on a ledge in shallow water in the canal, unable to get out.

"The cows often go along to the canal for a drink and this time went a little further than usual.

"We ensured the safety of the animals as they were coaxed back to a nearby field by their owner."

No cows were injured during the incident.