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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Dead bull washed up on Cumbrian beach

Crowds of shocked people watched as a dead bull washed up on a busy beach.

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Lifeboat members Dalton Watson and Matthew Reid on the scene with the dead bull

The bull, which those on the described as “huge” came in with the tide at St Bees.

The village lifeboat had just returned from a call-out where a father and his three children got into difficulties at sea.

Crew members Dalton Watson and Matthew Reid waded into the water and managed to tie the dead animal onto a wooden pole while they waited for Copeland Council to dispose of it.

It is not known how the brown bull managed to get into the water, although people on the beach believe it could have fallen off the cliffs after straying from its field.

Clare Tomlinson was walking along the beach with her two young boys, aged three and five, when she spotted it.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at first,” said Clare, who lives at Egremont. “I told my children to look away as it wasn’t a pretty sight. There was a group of people gathered on the prom watching.”

A spokesman for St Bees RNLI said: “The bull was spotted floating 200 metres out. It was being washed ashore but we were concerned someone might report it to the coastguard. Unfortunately the animal was already dead.”

As the incident happened after 5pm on Monday, nobody from the council was able investigate until the next morning.

Joanne Parker from the council said that the authority’s beach cleaner removed the tag from the bull’s ear and contacted the Cattle Movement Service, who in turn notified the farmer.

“The farmer has since been and recovered the bull from the beach,” she added.

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