Taree, Wingham and Forster Pacific Palms SES and VRA units worked for more than four hours to a rescue a beef cow from treacherous conditions in the Manning River on Saturday afternoon, February 20.
The beast was first spotted by a member of the public floating in the river near Wingham Brush at around 3pm.
She was later spotted further down the river at Andrew Reserve, Taree west by Forster Pacific Palms SES deputy commander, Carissa Bentley, where it attempted to make an unsuccessful escape up the embankment.
It took 20 volunteers a couple of attempts to get the trapped beast out of the muddy, swollen river and on to dry land by securing rope around her girth.
Forster Pacific Palms SES commander, Greg Dodd surmised the animal fell into…