Firefighters rescue Tom the soggy moggy

Tom, the cat in the arms of Kylie Grennwood after he was rescued from the canal by off-duty firemen Chris Ridge (left) and Andrew Lindley (right). Also pictured is David Bull from Calder Vets. (D546F233)
Tom, the cat in the arms of Kylie Grennwood after he was rescued from the canal by off-duty firemen Chris Ridge (left) and Andrew Lindley (right). Also pictured is David Bull from Calder Vets. (D546F233)
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A LUCKY cat used up one of its nine lives before being rescued by two off-duty firefighters.

Christopher Ridge, of Wrenthorpe, and colleague Andrew Lindley spotted the soggy moggy after it fell into a canal.

Tom, the cat rescued from the canal by off-duty firemen Andrew Lindley and Chris Ridge. (D546B233)

Tom, the cat rescued from the canal by off-duty firemen Andrew Lindley and Chris Ridge. (D546B233)

They noticed the cat - which has now been nicknamed Tom, after Olympic diving sensation Tom Daley - at Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury.

Hauling Tom out of the water, they rushed it freezing cold and screaming to a nearby vets.

Mr Ridge and his Dewsbury Blue Watch colleague had been cycling home from a night shift when they heard a noise coming from the canal.

Mr Ridge said: “Andy spotted him and pulled up so fast I nearly ran into the back of him. It was certainly our good deed for the day.”

It’s thought the young black and white cat could have been thrown into the water.

Mr Lindley said: “He had no strength left to get himself out. He had had enough.

“We grabbed him, wrapped in a T-shirt and stuffed him in Chris’ rucksack to go to the vets.”

On arriving to Calder Vets, staff washed and dried him before putting him on a heat pad.

Nurse Kylie Greenwood said: “He snuggled up to us. He is really, really friendly.”

The cat had no injuries but was in severe shock. There were signs he had been scratching to get out of the canal.

He is between two and three years old, neutered and was wearing a blue, diamante-style collar.

Nurse Greenwood said: “We don’t know just what happened, but he was most likely put into the water.”

The RSPCA collected Tom from the vets this week after no-one came forward to re-home him.