FIREFIGHTERS were called out after two canal boats collided and got stuck in a tunnel in Cheshire.

Three fire engines attended from Northwich, Winsford and Runcorn, along with the Water Incident Unit from Warrington.

The accident between two boats in the Trent and Mersey Canal occurred at Tunnel Road, Northwich, at about 5.10pm yesterday (Monday, September 14).

Crews were dispatched to the scene and on arrival they found that two forty foot long canal boats had collided in the Barnton Tunnel and had become stuck inside.

Firefighters entered the tunnel and rescued the pilots from both barges, along with a dog, and brought them all to safety.

They were then passed to the care of a doctor at the scene who deemed that they had not sustained any injuries as a result of the collision. The dog was also safe and well.

The scene was then handed to the Canal and River Trust.

Firefighters were in attendance for about one hour and forty minutes.