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Incident Date: 19 July 2014
A PREGNANT cow was rescued from the River Irwell in Bury by firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).
At 8.23pm on Saturday, July 19, 2014, firefighters from Heywood and Bury were called to Calrows Farm on Woodhill Road after a brown Danish cow ran into the river.
The Water Incident Unit from Heywood, that carries specialist equipment including large animal rescue kit, was also mobilised to the incident.
The farmer, who owns the cow, was in the water trying to help her out when firefighters arrived.
Crew Manager Carl Bostock from Bury Fire Station was in charge of the incident. He said: "The farmer had just got some new cows from Denmark and after their long journey to Bury they wanted to stretch their legs, with one bolting off into the river as soon as they arrived in the field.
"The farmer had been trying to get the cow, that we believe is over seven months pregnant, out of the water but he had no luck so we went to his rescue.
"GMFRS Swift Water Technicians used large animal rescue kit - such as strops and lines - from the Water Incident Unit to rescue the cow from the cold water.
"Firefighters walked the cow around 50 metres down the river until the embankment was low enough for her to climb out. She is doing fine but was exhausted after her ordeal so collapsed on the grass for a rest."