Firefighters in St Helens rescue swan trapped in weir

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Firefighters rescued a swan after it fell six feet into a weir in St Helens.

The incident happened in Blackbrook Field near Boardmans Lane on Sunday when the mother swan became separated from her cygnets.

They were called at 8.03pm to assist RSPCA officers.

Watch Manager Steve Thomas said: “The swan had fallen a few feet into a culvert and was separated from its cygnets.

“Firefighters liaised with an RSPCA Inspector at the scene and a firefighter in water rescue kit was lowered using Rope Access Gear to where the swan was trapped.

“The swan was located approximately six feet down from ground level in a weir.

“The adult Swan was captured and lifted back up to ground level where it was able to return to its pond and be reunited with its cygnets. The swan was unharmed.

“The swan was carefully freed, reunited with its cygnets and was unharmed.”

The swan was rescued within 25 minutes of the Search and Rescue Team arriving on scene.

One fire appliance attended the call-out.