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Thursday 22 February 2018

30 firefighters needed in dramatic rescue of cattle from slurry tank on border farm

Fire crews were able to save the two cows stuck in the slurry tank
Fire crews were able to save the two cows stuck in the slurry tank

Cate McCurry

Two bullocks have been pulled from a slurry tank in a dramatic rescue operation after they became trapped on a Co Armagh farm.

A number of cattle fell into the slurry tank on Wednesday, prompting a large-scale rescue involving over 30 firefighters and animal rescue personnel.

Fire crews worked for over three hours to free the animals on a farm on the Killyfaddy Road in Tassagh near Keady on Wednesday morning.

It remains unclear how the livestock fell in to the slurry tank and how many there were.

Images of the dramatic rescue shows firefighters attempting to free the cattle in which two large bullocks were pulled from the tank.

Emergency services including a fire appliance from Keady Fire Station, one from Armagh, a large animal rescue team from Newcastle Fire Station and a specialist rescue team from central fire station in Belfast were called to the scene shortly before midday.

A spokeswoman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) confirmed 33 firefighters helped pull the two bullocks from the tank.

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