Norman the cat feline fine despite using one of nine lives after getting stuck in a drain in Whittlesey

Norman the cat used one of his nine lives after falling down a drain in Whittlesey

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 12:11 pm

A fire and rescue crew from Whittlesey was called to a trapped animal on Dandelion Drive in Whittlesey at 7.44pm on Wednesday (April 7).

They arrived to find Norman the cat had managed to trap himself in a 15 feet deep drain.

Watch Commander Kev Gilbert from Whittlesey Fire Station said: “The crew improvised and used chimney rodding equipment to entice poor Norman to safety. He was returned to a very thankful family after a two-hour ordeal. The crew did a great job making use of the equipment we have in an innovative way to ensure Norman was rescued safely in front of a watching crowd of neighbours.”

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Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to rescue Norman

The crew was back at their station by 9pm.

Norman’s owner Rosie Saunders said: “Norman had managed to get himself stuck in a storm drain. The crew arrived really quickly and were so friendly, calming and professional. They quickly assessed where he was in the pipe and put together a plan to get him out. They didn’t stress him out when doing so. We really appreciate everything they did for us last night, thank you!”

Group Commander Kevin Andrews added: “Our crews are often called to help animals in distress in a variety of different situations. We have specially trained staff that can deal with most types of rescue, so we can try and come to the aid of an animal in need, rather than the owner putting themselves at risk. As shown in this incident we also have a range of equipment on our fire engines to carry out rescues. The crew showed great innovation and did an excellent job in safely returning Norman to his owner.”

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to rescue Norman