Frightened fox rescued after getting stranded on Blackfriars Bridge ledge

Josh Salisbury (11 October, 2019) Misc Emergency services

The poor creature was stranded on a tiny ledge - but the Fire Brigade came to the rescue

20019Blackfriars Bridge (Credit: Oxyman)

A fox has been rescued after getting stuck on Blackfriars Bridge.

The stricken creature needed help after getting precariously stranded on a pillar of the bridge yesterday afternoon.

The frightened fox was perched on the tiny ledge before jumping into the water.

“In the end we had to cordon off the bridge to keep the onlookers back and then with the help of the fireboat we managed to herd him towards the stairs and he ran off and took refuge in a pub garden,” said London Fire Brigade Watch Manager, Kevin Elson.

“While we were happy to assist in this case, we would always encourage people to call the RSPCA in the first instance if they see an animal stuck or in distress.

“Firefighters love animals too and we will always help if the RSPCA require our assistance and specialist equipment.

“One of the key things for us at incidents like this is to ensure members of the public stay safe and don’t enter the water to try and help.”

Fire crews were called by concerned members of the public at around half twelve, and the fox was successfully rescued by 2pm.

A fire engine from Dowgate Fire Station and a fire boat from Lambeth River Fire Station attended.

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