Fire crews called to Stoke Bridge to rescue muntjac deer from river

The water rescue unit was called to the scene

The water rescue unit was called to the scene - Credit: Archant

Firefighters and the RSPCA are currently carrying out a rescue operation near Stoke Bridge in Ipswich.

The water rescue unit was called to the scene

The water rescue unit was called to the scene - Credit: Archant

Two fire engines and the water rescue unit are on standby after a member of the public spotted a muntjac deer swimming in the River Orwell.

It has now managed to get out of the water and is currently running along the bank.

Station commander Richard Wood, who was supervising the water rescue unit at the scene, said: “We’re on standby at the moment. Usually with these sorts of incidents you would see us in our full gear ready to rescue the animal, but as the deer is now on the bank it is reasonably safe.

“We’ll stay here for a short time while we brief the RSPCA on the incident but after that we will leave, we’re just making sure it stays safe and does not get into trouble while they are on their way.”

Richard Wood, station commander

Richard Wood, station commander - Credit: Archant