FIRE and rescue crews have responded to reports of a cow stuck in a rhyne in Portishead.

Crew members from Clevedon and Bedminster were called to Clevedon Road at around 11.39am on Saturday, September 2.

On arrival, they found the bovine completely stuck in a rhyne, with no way to get out on its own.

They quickly got to work to rescue the large animal. They dug out a part of the river so that the cow could walk out, which would have limited the possibility of injury and unnecessary stress to the animal.

A spokesperson from the Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews formulated a rescue plan, digging out a section of the river using shovels to enable the cow to walk out."

They were assisted by a local farmer, who was able to rescue the large cow using a tractor.