Emergency Services Team Rescues Bull at Hinton

The crew moving in to the rescue.

THIS week’s flood emergency has seen local rescue agencies tap into seldom used skills as they have been called upon to rescue all creatures great and small, including a bull weighing in at one tonne at Hinton.

The bull had run out of dry land in the rising waters.

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SES Port Stephens advised on Sunday evening that Hinton remained isolated with flood waters in the river currently being elevated, but they were not expected to increase further at this time.

However, elevated river heights are expected to remain for several days.

Members of the rescue team had to barge into the bulls location and then used slings and straps and the enticement of food to encourage the bull to cooperate.

Alysha Springett, Deputy Unit Commander, SES Port Stephens Unit told News Of The Area, “Crews from NSW SES Port Stephens worked alongside members from Queensland Fire Emergency Services to rescue a bull who had become trapped in flood waters on the Paterson River at Hinton.”

SES boat crews worked carefully around the In-Water Flood Technicians, to ensure their safety during the rescue operation and to ward off any large debris coming down the river near them.

“The In-Water Flood Technicians used a mirage of techniques including use of slings, straps, coaxing and food to get the tired bull to safety.

“The bull was taken to the closest dry ground, at the back of The Victoria Hotel, Hinton,” she said.

The beautiful bull, now affectionately known as ‘Sesil’, is now safe, and getting lots of love from the Hinton community.


Coaxing the bull with straps to head towards safety.

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