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Three cows in slurry pit rescue

Scene (pic: Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service)
The cows were walking after being rescued (image from fire service)

Firefighters have rescued three cows from a 7ft (2m) deep slurry pit at a Herefordshire farm.

An inflatable platform was used to reach the cows, which were lifted out of the pit in Sandyway, St Weonards, with the help of farm machinery.

The cows were rescued within four hours of them being found on Thursday, but a vet said if they had been in there for too much longer, they may have died.

A fire service water rescue team from Hereford was sent to the scene.

The fire service said it was called at 0850 GMT after the cows were discovered at about 0700 GMT.

The animals were able to walk again after being rescued one-by-one.

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