The RSPCA’s North of England water rescue team has been nominated for an award over their rescue of two donkeys from a flooded pasture in northern Yorkshire.
The team has been nominated for a BBC Radio York Flood Hero Award by the owners of four-year-old Noah and 15-year-old David Crockett.
Both donkeys were rescued during last year’s floods in North Yorkshire.
The team, led by RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent, has been put forward in the “Most Helpful Individual or Team” category.
The donkeys were rescued from a field in the village of Cattal, York, on September 25 last year, one of several rescues the RSPCA team carried out that week.
Gent explained: “We had to wade out quite a way to get to the donkeys and, though they were happy to be led in the more shallow water, it became trickier when the field dipped and water levels rose.
“They were very pleased to be back on relatively dry land – and even more so when they got back to their warm, hay-filled stable.”
Gent said the team was thrilled to be put forward by the owners of the donkeys.
“We were on flood training when we heard and it was a great boost. The job we do is very challenging, so to receive public recognition like this is very nice.”
Nominated as part of the team are Gent, deputy chief inspector Ben Strangwood, inspector Jonathan Brooks, animal welfare officer Andy Kench, animal welfare officer Derek Hampson, chief inspector Rob Melloy as communications operator, and local inspector Rachel Oprysk.
The winners will be decided by a panel of judges and announced in March.
The British RSPCA will have 100 specialist water rescue trained officers by the end of the year, and is investing in the North of England in particular where the team will increase from 10 to 22. Each team member costs the RSPCA about £10,000 to train, equip and refresh for three years.
To support the work of the RSPCA water rescue team, including rescues like this, text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).