High steaks! Dramatic moment when a COW is brought to safety by an RAF helicopter five days after crashing a 150-foot waterfall in Cumbria
- A 15-year-old Galloway cow disappeared from a farm near Gisland, Cumbria
- The cow slid off the rain-softened surface before stranding
- Farmers and fire brigade tried to save the animal, but were unable to
- The RAF was called to bring the animal to safety after it got stuck
A cow that crashed into a 150ft waterfall in Cumbria was brought to safety five days later by an RAF helicopter.
27-year-old farmer Martin Smith noted that one of his 60 cows had disappeared on July 6 and started looking for it.
Eventually he found his missing cow at the bottom of the Crammel Linn waterfall near Gisland, near the border between Cumbria and Northumberland.
A cow that crashed down a 150tf waterfall in Cumbria was taken to safety by an RAF helicopter after five days of rescue attempts, even the firefighters could not help
Over the moon: The stranded Galloway cow is brought to safety after being trapped in the bottom of a waterfall in Cumbria for five days
Heavy rainfall in the days leading up to the disappearance of the 15-year-old Galloway cow prevented the animal from climbing to safety.
In the week before the RAF was called up, several rescue attempts were made to assist the struggling cow.
A Puma helicopter piloted by 28 Squadron brought the cow back to safety.
A path leads to the ravine where the cow was trapped and Mr. Smith believes that a gate may have been left open for the cow to wander to the edge of the waterfall.
He said, “The cow must have gone down and then got scared and slipped down, because it’s quite steep.
The RAF 28 Squadron was contacted after the owners of the cow and the fire brigade were unable to help the animal
In the air: The 15-year-old cow starts his flight while a Puma helicopter lifts him into the air
“We noticed she went missing later that night, and when I went to look, I saw her down there.
“We tried to get her out and even called the fire department, but to no avail.
“It had rained a lot and it was so muddy that it was too slippery to get her out.
“She’s also quite old, so she just didn’t have the strength.”
The RAF was contacted after the fire brigade was unable to save the cow, and Craig, who runs the Wiley Sike farm, said, “Yesterday we received confirmation that a helicopter would come to rescue her.
Two men approach the cow that stranded after a swim in Cumbria
The rescue team helps the cow on its side so that cables can be attached to it before it is lifted into the air by an RAF helicopter
“It was a huge relief to know that we were going to save her.
At one point, it looked pretty grim and I wasn’t sure what I would do to get her out.
“I went down and fed her every day, but I thought, what am I going to do here.
“But when we got her out, it was a wonderful moment.
“It was quite a dramatic event – I’ve never seen anything like it.
Tension: Two people in highly visible jackets watch as the RAF helicopter brings a stranded cow to safety
“I was there when they wore her in armor and it looked like something from an action movie.”
28 Squadron had conducted operational training missions at RAF Spadeam and agreed to help rescue the animal.
Wing Commander Lawrence said, “The 28 Sqn crew has made an extremely difficult task simple, and the cow’s rapid rescue and rapid recovery testifies to their skill and to the colleagues of the Army Air Corps who assisted in the operation.
“Now that RAF Spadeadam personnel have been deployed in Northumberland and Cumbria to support the national Covid-19 response, it is great to be able to help one of our local farmers and give my Joint Helicopter Command colleagues realistic training. .
All in all a win-win situation for everyone involved. “