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Fire service rescue calf from quarry

Credit: Tavistock Fire Station

On Sunday afternoon, Tavistock Fire Station was called by a local farmer to help rescue a calf which had fallen into a disused quarry.

The quarry was full of deep stagnant water and mud.

The station were supported by Camels Head station who specialise in animal rescues.

Through the use of a rescue sling and strops, the farmer was able to raise the calf using his tractor.

The calf appeared uninjured after his ordeal and soon returned to the herd.


Dog rescued from mine shaft near Tavistock

Earlier this month, Tavistock Fire Station were called to Gulworthy along with the specialist rescue team from Camels Head, where a dog had fallen down a shaft whilst working in the woods.

Gem, a 6-year-old working spaniel, had fallen around 30 metres down a straight shaft. Nothing had been heard from the dog for some time and it couldn’t be seen from the top.

Crews set up specialist lines with a recovery system. A detector was sent down to test for any traces of gases before a firefighter was lowered in.

The dog was located at the base in an alcove and brought up to ground level using an animal rescue bag, where she was reunited with her relieved owner.

She appeared relatively well despite her fall and was then going to be taken to the vet to get checked over.

Annual goose fair returns to Tavistock

The annual Goose Fair in Devon dates back to the 12th century. Credit: ITV News

The annual Goose Fair is returning to the west Devon town of Tavistock today.

The event dates back to the early 12th century when farmers would drive their Christmas geese to the market.

Now, geese and other livestock still play a big part in the fair, but there will also be stalls and fairground rides.

Motorists are advised to expect traffic delays.

There are currently road closures on the A386 Plymouth Road between A390 and Dolvin Road, Abbey Bridge and Chapel Street; until 7am on Thursday, 12 October. A one-way traffic system is also in place until 10am.

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