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Louis makes splash headlines after his canal rescue

PUBLISHED: 12:33 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 14:19 05 October 2010

POOR Louis has learned a lesson after being rescued from a canal in the middle of the night losing the second of his nine lives. Cats don’t get on in water, the black and white moggy has discovered. The tomcat fell off a balcony overlooking the canal in East London and ended up trapped in the reeds

By Mike Brooke

POOR Louis has learned a valuable lesson after being rescued from a canal in the middle of the night when he lost the second of his nine lives.

Cats don’t get on in water, the black and white moggy has discovered.

The tomcat fell off a balcony overlooking the Hertford Union canal by Victoria Park in East London and ended up trapped in the reeds at 2.30am today (Wednesday).

His distraught owner dialled 999 and a crew of five burley firemen arrived from Bow fire station to fish him out.

TRAUMATISED CAT

“The cat was traumatised and stuck in the mud,” crew manager Mick Geraghty explained.

“We had to lower a basket with some tuna fish to entice Louis. It took about half-an-hour, but eventually he clambered in and we hoisted him up.”

Mick added: “The owner told us the cat had some sort of fit and took a tumble off the balcony.”

Louis, who was already a rescue’ animal when he came to live in Old Ford Road, overlooking the canal, was returned to his owner—grateful that he still had seven lives left.

Louis was the second East End moggy to be rescued by firefighters in less than a week, after a cat named Lucky ran out of luck on a ledge nearby.


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