Firefighters’ animal rescue skills faced a tricky challenge

FIREFIGHTERS have performed a tricky farm animal rescue at Cheddleton.

Crews were called to the Caldon Canal, off the A520 Cheadle Road, near to Cheddleton Flint Mill, earlier today.

A walker reported a calf stuck between trees on the far side of the canal embankment.

Four fire crews attended, two from Leek and two from Newcastle, including the water rescue team.

Some canal users, who were moored nearby, helped crews reach the other side of the canal using their barge.

Once on the other side of the canal the firefighters used a rope-winch system to lift the calf and free its rear legs, which were wedged between two trees.

An inflatable walkway was then positioned to rescue the calf, keeping it afloat so it could be pulled to the towpath and removed from the water.

A waiting vet checked the calf over and, other than being extremely tired, it was uninjured.

Station manager Neil Pedersen said: “When we arrived we realised this would be a tricky rescue due to the position of the calf – it had fallen down a steep embankment and become stuck between some trees.

Accessing the calf was difficult but thanks to some kind people on a canal barge we were able to get crews across the other side of the canal quickly so they could set-up a winch to free its legs.

Thanks to some really good teamwork the calf was successfully rescued and reunited with the farmer.”