The poor creature could barely keep its head above the water and stay breathing. Fortunately, fire-fighters in the Westhoek district possess a special team ready to assist farmers. They were called in to free the distressed animal. Initially the fire-fighters wanted to sedate the bull to ensure it didn’t resist its rescue and sink deeper into the mud, but in the event this didn't prove necessary as this was a very co-operative animal.
A crane was deployed to raise the bull onto terra firma. It's the second day in a row that the Westhoek's farm team has to be deployed. On Tuesday a rescue operation had to be launched in Veldegem to rescue a cow from a narrow cesspit. The cow had fallen through the grill protecting the pit. Fire-fighters had to bore holes in the cesspit's cover in order to lower their pulley and raise the unfortunate creature.