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Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI rescue cow from the Norfolk Broads

Lifeboats News Release

The Atlantic 75 relief lifeboat ‘Pride of Leicester' launched at 8.44am on the 12 August to reports of a distressed cow in the water within the Norfolk Broads.

Gorleston Coastguard Team

Calf rescued by RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew

The volunteer crew received a call from the Coastguard to assist a car in the water. However, whilst arriving on scene it was confirmed that there was, in fact, a calf in the water due to language breakdown in the initial call.

On arrival, RNLI volunteer crew in the inshore lifeboat were met by the farmer responsible for the calf, Norfolk Fire Service, the RSPCA and the local coastguard rescue team.

The inshore lifeboat along with the other agencies worked together to bring the calf alongside the Atlantic 75 lifeboat and lead it towards the slip way at Three Mile House. Once out of the water, the calf was handed back to the owners where they arranged recovery by land.

The inshore lifeboat was stood down at 11.30am, returned to station refuelled and was ready for service at 12.15pm.

Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI volunteer helmsman said: 'Thanks to all of the other agencies that made this rescue possible.’

Gorleston Coastguard Team

On arrival to help the calf in the water

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