A team of rescuers launched a daring mission using a flood rescue boat to save a cat that fell from a bridge.
Despite plunging into the River Great Ouse in Bedford, Cookie the cat amazingly escaped the incident unharmed.
After falling into the river, Cookie managed to scramble onto a bridge support, where she patiently waited until her rescuers arrived.
As she was microchipped, one-year-old Cookie was easily returned home to her owner.
RSPCA inspector Carrie O’Riordan said the cat had been let out for the first time since moving to a new home.
She had been missing for five days when she somehow ended up near the bridge five miles away at about 4pm on Saturday.
When someone tried to stroke her, Cookie ‘must have panicked and sadly fell into the river’, Ms O’Riordan said.
She added: ‘It was terrifying to see her so close to the fast-flowing water, hanging on for her life.’
Fire crews managed to coax the scared animal into a cage and escorted her safely back to shore.
Ms O’Riordan said: ‘It was great to be able to scan Cookie’s microchip and take her back into the arms of her owner straight away.
‘She was overjoyed to have her back and it was great to see them both so happy, especially after Cookie’s shocking ordeal.’