Fire crews rescue cows from 15ft slurry pit

Firefighters have rescued two cows after they fell into a slurry pit on a farm in Dorset.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said the animals fell into a 4.5m-deep pit at the farm in Mannington, near Wimborne, and were found up to the their necks in slurry.

The rescue got under way at about 1.30pm on Friday 26 January.

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A fire crew from Verwood and a specialist crew from Poole used strops and the farmer’s telehandler to hoist the cows to safety.

The farmer moved the rest of his herd to a nearby field to create a safe working space for the firefighters.

A fire service spokesman said both cows seemed to be “none the worse for their ordeal”, but the crews “needed to decontaminate”.

The farmer is said to have given the cows a good hosing down after the fire crews left.

Cows being rescued

© Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Earlier rescue

It is the second time in just over a week that fire crews in Dorset have been called into action to rescue cows trapped in a slurry pit.

On 18 January, fire crews rescued six cows after they got stuck in an underground slurry pit on a farm near Tolpuddle.