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Horse rescue

Church Road, Rawreth
06/03/2016 @ 15:36
Incident Number: 3276
In attendance: 2 X South Woodham (1 X Animal Rescue Unit) 1 X Wickford 1 X Rayleigh Weir 1 X Great Baddow


Firefighters have helped rescue a horse that was trapped after falling over in a dyke in Rawreth.

The 500kg horse, measuring 14 hands, had been stuck in the dyke for five hours before being released at 17:28hrs by service personal and service animal rescue team.

Crews managed to dig a slope in the riverbank before freeing the animal out of the mud and water.

Animal rescue gear was further used to get the horse to a place of safety.

Assistant Divisional Officer Martyn Hare said: "The rescue was extremely labour intensive and demanding on the crews' skills. We carried the equipment to the dyke before digging a slope and freeing the horse from the thick and deep mud of the riverbank.

"The horse had been in cold waters for over five hours and was very agitated. Since his rescue, he has warmed up in his stable and is now in the care of his extremely grateful owners.

"The rescue was a great team effort by our crews who handled the incident professionally, calmly and effectively."

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