The rescue began on Saturday afternoon but was stopped due to the rising tide and fading light, and began again Sunday morning. "The incident was made extremely difficult as the cow swam to an isolated island where she was out of reach of the emergency services," Wadebridge Community Fire Station said.
A vet and rifleman sedated the cow, before she was put into an animal rescue harness and brought back to the top of the cliff. Specialist animal rescue crews were assisted by the Coastguard. The cow was left in the care of a vet and the farmer, the fire service said.