Two sheep pulled from flooded river by firefighters in Otterton

PUBLISHED: 10:35 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:23 16 March 2018

Pictures of the flood water, taken by the firefighters.

Pictures of the flood water, taken by the firefighters.

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Two sheep were pulled from the River Otter and 12 people led to safety by firefighters yesterday (Thursday).

Pictures of the flood water, taken by the firefighters.Pictures of the flood water, taken by the firefighters.

Emergency services were called to Otterton after reports of animal lives being in danger.

After arriving at the scene, at about 9.30am, crews found a dozen people in fast flowing water trying to rescue the animals.

Fire fighters led the well-wishers from the river before rescuing the sheep. Unfortunately one of them had already died from its injuries.

The fire control room then contacted Highways to request the road be closed as people were still trying to enter the flood water.

Pictures of the flood water, taken by the firefighters.Pictures of the flood water, taken by the firefighters.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “If you do see an animal in fast flowing water do not try and rescue the animal but call the emergency services.”

One engine from Sidmouth attended along with a specialist rescue unit from Exmouth and an Animal Rescue Tactical Advisor.

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