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Massive rescue operation to rescue cat from railway bridge

Massive rescue operation to rescue cat from railway bridge

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:02pm 29th May 2019. (Updated at 7:46pm 29th May 2019)

A massive rescue operation is underway to save a cat trapped on top of a railway bridge in Cornwall.

Hatty went missing from her home in Saltash two and a half weeks ago.

Her owner Kirsty has put out appeals online trying to find her.

On Tuesday night somebody told her that the moggie was spotted on top of the Brunel Bridge, near the Tamar.

"You don't know if your cat's alive or dead and you worry, then I found out yesterday where she was, I came down and saw just how high up she was, it was pure panic."

Kirsty Howden, Hatty's owner

hatty the cat

It is thought that she has been up there for about five days and locals had been trying to catapult food up to her.

Now firefighters, the RSPCA and Network Rail are all involved in the mission to get Hatty back down safely.

Locals and friends have also been on the scene waiting to see what happens.

"Crews are in attendance to rescue a cat that is trapped on a bridge support and has been for some days.

"Crew from Saltash, two technical rescue officers and the RSPCA are in attendance.

"Crews are using a 135 ladder attempting to rescue the cat."

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

hatty the cat


"The first time they went up they took Dreamies and left them scattered, she stuck her head out and scoffed them once the firefighters had gone back down.

"They then tried again with a tin of sardines and a tin of mackerel and the same thing happened.

"Now they've gone up with some industrial strength catnip, they're planning to get her chilled enough to approach her so she can relax and come down.

"She's a cat that has stranger danger unfortunately, she's one of those if you saw her on the wall she would walk away, it's looking worrying at the moment.

"Network Rail has confirmed that they will close the track tomorrow morning for an hour at some point, if we are unsuccessful today, and try and attempt a rescue from the actual track."

Kirsty Howden, Hatty's owner

hatty the cat

"Our inspector had been liaising with Network Rail because of the proximity to the live railway and I understand the railway company gave a window of opportunity to help Hatty, with support from the RSPCA and fire and rescue service."

RSPCA spokesperson

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