Calf retrieved, returned to owners after found stranded along river bank by Altavista first responders

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(Photo: Courtesy Altavista Fire Company)

ALTAVISTA, Va. (WFXR) — Even though Altavista first responders were initially sent to rescue a kayaker on the Staunton River Sunday afternoon, they ended up helping out a stranded baby cow.

According to the Altavista Fire Company, crews were dispatched for a possible swift water rescue of a kayaker somewhere along the Staunton River at approximately 3:22 p.m. on Sunday, April 18.

The fire company says Boat 10 launched at English Park with three swift water personnel. However, dispatch made contact with the kayaker, who reportedly got out of the river on their own after an equipment malfunction.

After first responders confirmed the kayaker was not injured, they started to head back to the boat ramp, but fire officials say they spotted a stranded calf on the way.

According to the fire company, the calf was stranded along the river bank and unable to climb up the steep embankment.

The Altavista Fire Company says crews successfully retrieved the baby cow and returned it to its owners, clearing the scene shortly after 5 p.m.

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