Rainham cow update: animal was injured, not trapped, say firefighters

Two fire crews and a police helicopter were involved in the attempted rescue of a trapped cow in Rainham – but it turned out the poor animal wasn’t stuck after all.

The unfortunate bovine was spotted by the crew of a Met helicopter searching for a missing person over Coldharbour Lane earlier this afternoon. Believing the cow to be stuck in mud, officers in the air alerted the fire brigade at about 12.50pm, who sent out two engines, including one from Hornchurch, and 10 firefighters.

But all was not as it seemed. “The cow wasn’t really stuck – it was injured,” one firefighter told the Recorder. “It had possibly got caught up in some barbed wire. The owner turned up and it was left with him.”

Sadly, firefighters believe the cow – which was described as brown with white mottling – will have to be put down because of the extent of its injuries.

The missing person has not been found and the search is continuing.


You may also want to watch:


Did you witness the incident, or do you know who owns the cow? Contact the news desk on 020 8477 3878 or e-mail news.desk@romfordrecorder.co.uk.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter