Saturday 22 October 2016

Police helicopter scrambled to cries from goat just kidding about

Published 25/01/2016 | 16:06

The cry of a goat can often be mistaken for a human in distress
The cry of a goat can often be mistaken for a human in distress

A police helicopter scrambled after a 999 call reported cries of distress found the noise was actually coming from a goat.

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Police were called to the Avon Gorge in Bristol after a concerned passer-by heard the "repeated" wailing noise.

The difficult terrain meant the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter was scrambled to take on the search.

Crew members from the NPAS Filton were unable to locate any humans - but did find a number of goats instead.

Ollie Dismore, director of flight operations at the NPAS, said: "A National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter was yesterday involved in a response to a 999 call at the Avon Gorge in Bristol.

"As the difficult nature of the terrain meant that a search on foot would not be possible by the local Avon and Somerset police force, they called in the police helicopter to take on the search and NPAS Filton responded to the call.

"No individuals were located by the helicopter crew, but a number of goats were discovered during the search.

"The cries of animals such as goats can be mistaken for humans in distress.

"The police appreciate the efforts of this caller as they do all callers who support their work by alerting them to incidents which they may otherwise not be made aware of.

"Reports of this nature are taken seriously in order to ensure that public safety is maintained and individuals safeguarded."

Following the find, the crew tweeted: "1650hrs Avon Gorge searching for person who sounded in distress. We may have found the culprit!", along with an image of the goat.

The goat was one of a group released onto the Avon Gorge in 2011 in a bid to save rare wild flowers and control the growth of scrubby vegetation.

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