New lifeboat's unusual rescue

A NEW £25,000 inshore lifeboat's first rescue was a most unusual one - a bull that had become stuck in mud. A crew from Aldeburgh's inshore lifeboat vessel came to the rescue of the animal on the banks of the River Alde after the adventurous beast left its herd and went for a wander.

A NEW £25,000 inshore lifeboat's first rescue was a most unusual one - a bull that had become stuck in mud.

A crew from Aldeburgh's inshore lifeboat vessel came to the rescue of the animal on the banks of the River Alde after the adventurous beast left its herd and went for a wander.

It became stuck in a mud pool on the Sudbourne side of the river, off Slaughden Quay at Aldeburgh, at about 12.45pm yesterday.

Lee Firman, lifeboat coxswain called to the scene by Thames Coastguard, said: “The bull was reported to be stuck in the mud but was earlier observed swimming around the moorings in the river.


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“The inshore lifeboat launched with three crew members onboard and found the 15-month-old bull stuck in a mud pool.

“The owner of the bull was eventually located and after discussion the bull was herded back across the river, attached to the end of a tow rope from the lifeboat.

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“The animal was eventually persuaded to leave the river, and after much pulling and pushing, was led back to its field and reunited with the rest of the herd.”

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