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Eight ducklings rescued from Old Whittington wastewater treatment works


A ‘quack’ team of Yorkshire Water engineers have rescued eight ducklings which had become trapped in an unused tank at Old Whittington wastewater treatment works.

The quick-thinking Yorkshire Water key workers used a net to fish them out and can now add wildlife rescue to their day job of looking after Chesterfield’s waste.

Joe Johnson, Product and Process Engineer at Yorkshire Water, said: “Eight ducklings swimming in an unused tank is not something you see every day.”

Joe added: “Thankfully we used our hook-a-duck skills and managed to pull them out and get them to safety. It was a quacking job by the team at Old Whittington.”

The rescued ducklings – christened Mick, Russ, Wayne, Steve, Alex, Ryan, Mark and Simon after Yorkshire Water’s colleagues at Old Whittington wastewater treatment works.

The ducklings have been taken to a local vet and following their recovery, were rehomed at a wildlife sanctuary.

Brogan O'Callaghan

Destination Chesterfield Coordinator (Marketing and Investment)

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