14 Men Save Cow From River Don at Conisbrough

August 1958

South Yorkshire Times August 30, 1958

14 Men Save Cow From River Don at Conisbrough

Conisbrough fireman, Conisbrough policeman and collier workers from Denaby Main colliery spent three hours on Tuesday evening rescuing a stranded cow from the River Don at Conisbrough

The cow had apparently slipped into the river and stuck in thick mud at the side.

It was spotted by colliery workers who put a rope round its neck but could not get it out so informed Conisbrough police who came to help and in turn informed Conisbrough firemen.

The firemen led by Station Officer Stanley Houghton, sank lengths of hose pipe in the mud to give the animal a foothold and other supports were sunk around the animal.

Another rope was put around the animal’s horns and finally the men, 141 in all, hauled the exhausted animal to safety.

The cow belongs to Mr. George Laytham, of Castle Hill Farm, Church Street, Mexborough. A few hours later it was apparently none the worse for its ordeal.