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Race against time to save pigs trapped in flooded farm

Firefighters are pumping water out of a flooded farm as they attempt to save the bacon of 900 trapped pigs.

Three fire crews from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are working to try and save the hundreds of pigs - which are trapped in a large flooded piggery.

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The pig farm in Keldholme, near Pickering, has had firefighters pumping thousands of tonnes out water from the site throughout today.

Crews from Pickering, Malton and Kirbymoorside attended the farm to try and rescue the hundreds of stranded swine.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue confirmed five pumps are being used to rescue the pigs - who are stranded in two feet of water.

A spokesperson for the fire service added that the three fire crews working on the rescue operation would be at the scene for "some time".

An evacuation pen is also being used by firefighters to help move the pigs to dry land.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: "The pigs are in approximately two feet of water.

"Crews currently remain at the scene, and there is two main pumps and three light portable pumps in use to try to remove the water.

"An evacuation pen is being set up to move the pigs and our crews are likely to be at the scene for some time."