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Fire crews rescue 16-stone boar stranded in water

PUBLISHED: 08:59 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:59 07 March 2018

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service rescued a 16-stone boar trapped in a rhyne. Picture: Pixabay

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service rescued a 16-stone boar trapped in a rhyne. Picture: Pixabay


Firefighters were given an unusual assignment last night (Tuesday), tasked with saving a large boar stuck in a rhyne.

The 16-stone beast was trapped in a foot of water in Brean Road, Lympsham.

Rescue teams from Burnham-on-Sea and Bridgwater were called at 6.23pm, and successfully moved the animal to safety.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Two fire appliances from Burnham and a specialist rescue team from Bridgwater were all mobilised to reports of a boar in a rhyne at the above location.

“On arrival, crews confirmed a 16-stone boar stuck in a foot of water. Crews formulated a plan to rescue the boar using strops, lines and a pig board.

“Crews were able to rescue the boar and carried out decontamination of kit before leaving the incident.”

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