Stranded deer rescued from Humber Estuary

A deer has been rescued by emergency services after becoming stranded in the Humber Estuary.

Humberside Fire and Rescue said it was called to Victoria Dock, Hull, at about 07:00 BST on Thursday.

It is believed the roe deer may have wandered on to mud flats from either Paull or King George Dock before falling into the Humber.

The animal swam towards the Victoria Dock housing estate before it was brought ashore by a lifeboat crew.

Humber Rescue, which operated the lifeboat, said the animal was released into the wild after a 40 minute rescue operation.

Coxswain Ian Bennett, from Humber Rescue, said: "The deer was just exhausted really. It had been swimming for a while. It probably tired itself out.

"It did wriggle quite a lot and to calm it down we just covered its head. When we released it, we just watched it for a bit to make sure it was ok."

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