Firefighters rescue 70 marooned sheep after flooding

Firefighters had to rescue a flock of 70 sheep which were found marooned after a river burst its banks.

The rescue operation took place in Sutton-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, yesterday (October 28) after flooding caused by the River Trent.

Five crews were deployed in a desperate attempt to get the farm animals back on dry land.

Rescue technicians and firefighters from Tuxford, Newark, and Highfields used flood response kits to gain access to the sheep.

Pictures from the scene show a number of sheep submerged in the flood waters, as the emergency services approached on power boats.

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A statement from Tuxford crew said: "Crews were mobilised this afternoon to an animal rescue in Sutton on Trent along with our colleagues from Newark Fire Station and Highfields Fire Station.

"On arrival it was clear that there were a number of sheep marooned on an island in the River Trent...70 to be precise.

"A lot of hard work from everyone."

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said "inflatable pathways" were used to escort the sheep to safer ground.

A spokesperson said: "Fire crews from Highfields, Newark and Tuxford have successfully rescued approximately 70 sheep marooned in flood water on flood plains near Sutton-on-Trent.

"Water responders and rescue technicians using power boats and inflatable pathways effected a rescue."

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