River Roe sheep rescue


Emergency services were called to the Roe Bridge in Limavady on Wednesday to rescue a sheep.

Police said a member of the public reported that a sheep has slipped from the embankment. Police and NI Fire & Rescue Service attended.

A NI Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said they received a call at 9.51pm to a report of a sheep stuck in the river at the Catherine Street area of Limavady on Wednesday. One fire appliance from Limavady Fire Station was deployed to the scene. Firefighters managed to rescue the sheep close to the river’s edge using NIFRS line to safety. The incident finished at 10.14pm.”

SDLP Colr. Gerry Mullan congratulated the Fire Service for what he described as “an act of compassion”.

“I’m glad that whilst the animal was rescued, we are fortunate no other more serious incident occurred elsewhere which may have required vital services, especially given the heavy rain we had on Wednesday night,” said Colr. Mullan, adding: “Emergency services are under strain at the very best of times.”