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Fire crews rescue young bullock from canal outside Portadown

Animal rescue Portadown

Fire crews battled to successfully rescue a cow from a canal outside Portadown on Tuesday.

The firefighters were assisted by a local farmer after the young bullock became entrenched in the Newry Canal, close to Moneypenny’s Lock.

Crews from Portadown fire station, supported by the large animal rescue team from Newcastle, attended the incident.

They were also supported by the specialist rescue team from Belfast and a local farmer, who together brought the animal to safety.

Animal rescue in Portadown

A NI Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson crews were called to rescue a two-year-old bullock that was stuck in the river along the Gilford Road in Portadown shortly after 10am.

Four Fire Appliances attended the incident – two Specialist Rescue Team Appliances, one from Portadown and one from Newcastle.

They used specialist animal rescue equipment and a farmer’s telehandler to rescue the animal from the river. The incident was dealt with by 12.15pm.

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