COWS had to be rescued from a river.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service was called in to help after two cows got stuck in a river in Minshull Vernon on Thursday (June 6).

Three engines – one each from Winsford, Knutsford and Lymm – were sent to the scene on Lee Green Lane shortly after 1.30pm, along with the animal rescue teams from Lymm and Bollington.

A CFRS spokesperson said: “Two cows had found their way into the river and were unable to get out due to steep banks.

“The cows were some 300 metres apart so the incident was sectorised to enable them both to be successfully rescued.

“An inflatable walkway was set up and firefighters waded through the water to reach the first cow.

“They guided the animal to the bank and used a glide sheet to bring her up the steep slope.

“Firefighters in dry suits were deployed with a raft to reach the second cow and were able to guide her out of the water and up the bank with the aid of a telehandler.

“Both cows are currently doing well following their ordeal.”

The cows are doing wellThe cows are doing well (Image: CFRS)