- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Using airbags generally inflated to raise cars, rescuers in east Mississippi freed cattle from a mucky river bottom.

The Commercial Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2hkKGiU) reports that Columbus Fire and Rescue workers rescued three cows Thursday night from the Tombigbee River.

Department spokesman Anthony Colom says the airbags are generally used to raise vehicles after wrecks so wood blocks can be put underneath to stabilize them.

He says the cattle were stuck in 1 to 2 feet of mud and water.

Once each cow could walk, the rescue boat led it to a boat ramp where it could walk up to safety.

Colom says one cow was pregnant. All were in good shape.

Colom says the cattle were on private property. He did not identify their owner.


This story has been corrected to show department spokesman’s name is Colom.


Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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