Mermaid spotted on the River Thames
01 December 2021
A drowning cow was rescued from the River Thames by a passing "mermaid" on a 200-mile swim of the Thames. Lindsey Cole splashed into the river in a wetsuit, tail and hat at Lechlade, Gloucestershire, on Friday. She is raising awareness of the environmental effects of single-use plastic.
As she passed through Oxfordshire on Sunday, she spotted the stricken cow. Ms Cole said she carried on swimming while her mother and support canoeist called the emergency services. The animal is believed to have fallen into the river from a nearby field when drinking, two miles east of the Swinford toll bridge..