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Trapped deer rescued from Witney river

trapped deer Image copyright Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption The deer were marooned by a strong river current, the fire service said

Two roe deer marooned in a fast-flowing river by a strong current had to be rescued by firefighters.

The animals were spotted standing in shallow water in Witney, Oxfordshire, at about 09:25 BST.

As rescuers approached, one deer was washed downstream and caught by the fire crews' inflatable safety line stretched across the River Windrush.

A dozen firefighters took an hour to capture both animals before releasing them in a meadow.

Image copyright Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Firefighters using specialist equipment spent an hour on the rescue operation
Image copyright Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption The roe deer were released in a meadow, apparently unharmed

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