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Brave animal lover from Southwell uses fishing boat to rescue stranded chickens in Bleasby after Storm Dennis floods hit fields near River Trent

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A man rescued more than 20 chickens from drowning by using his fishing boat to travel through flooded fields.

It followed an appeal from Catherine Lisa Hall, whose parents' chickens were stranded in their pens without food and at risk of flooding following Storm Dennis.

Jack Cooper, of Southwell, and his friends George James and Harry Pitchford made the trip to Bleasby in answer to the appeal, which was shared more than 200 times on Facebook.

Jack Cooper. (29688894)
Jack Cooper. (29688894)

"I am really grateful for what they did, they would have died if they didn't get any food," said Catherine, whose parents own the chickens. "We treat them as part of our family."

The animals were stranded in a field by water believed to be 5ft deep.

"The water levels went from almost nothing to dangerously high so quickly," said Catherine.

Jack on the boat as he travels through 5ft of water to check on the chickens.
Jack on the boat as he travels through 5ft of water to check on the chickens.

"It got to the point where we couldn't walk through the water, so we asked for help and a lot of people suggested a 4x4, but it was even too deep for that.

"That's when we asked for a boat on Facebook."

Jack was contacted by his friend George, who spotted the appeal.

"George knew I had the boat because we go fishing together," said Jack.

"I work as a plumber, but I have got a real passion for animals and, with my dad being a chicken farmer, I know how easily they can die from stress.

"It was one of those situations where you knew you couldn't leave them ­— they would have been trapped in there otherwise."

Jack said he paddled across two fields to get to the chicken coop, which was thankfully on elevated land.

He checked on their welfare and made sure they weren't at risk of drowning.

He said with the water levels in the River Trent and surrounding fields still high, he would make another trip to the chickens this evening (Thursday, February 20) and would take two days worth of food with him while making sure they were safe from immediate danger.

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