Two horses and a cow needed rescuing after all became trapped in water in three different incidents in Somerset at the weekend.

On Saturday (May 29) fire crews were called at 8.09am following reports of a horse stuck in a river in Swanston, Huish Episcopi, near Langport.

The horse was reported to be up to its withers in the water and showing fatigue.

A fire engine from Somerton along with animal rescue equipment from Bridgwater and Exmouth were sent to help.

Upon arrival, the incident commander requested a telehandler due to the depth of the bank, which was several metres down.

Three crews members went into the river to secure the horse in a halter, which enabled them then to lead the animal to shallow water.

The team when used the telehandler to carefully lift the horse clear of the river.

The horse was left in the care of a vet.

Within two hours on Sunday afternoon (May 30) fire crews were called to rescue another horse and a cow which were also trapped in water.

At 1.05pm reports came into fire control of a horse trapped in a boggy ditch filled with water off Blagrove Road, in Butleigh, near Street.

A fire engine from Glastonbury and animal rescue equipment from Glastonbury and Bridgwater responded.

Upon arrival, crews confirmed that the horse was in a five foot deep rhyne which had a silt base.

The horse was sedated by a vet and successfully rescued.

Just two hours later fire crews were called to Whatley near Langport following reports of a cow stuck in the river and exhausted.

A fire engine from Somerton and animal rescue equipment from Bridgwater responded.

The found the cow stuck on the rushes in the river, exhausted as had been reported.

Crews managed to encourage the cow into a private garden and the farmer was told and asked to attend.