Horse stuck in ditch rescued by firefighters

Crews rescued a horse which had become stuck in a ditch.

Crews rescued a horse which had become stuck in a ditch. - Credit: Archant

Firefighters were called to rescue a horse which had become stuck in a ditch.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service crews tended to the stricken animal yesterday (Wednesday).

They were called to West Hill Lane, in Highbridge, just after 5pm.

A spokesman said: “The fire service was called to a report of a horse stuck in a water-filled ditch at the above location.

“One fire appliance from Burnham, the specialist rescue team from Barnstaple, one animal rescue tactical adviser officer and one operational assurance officer were mobilised to this incident.

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“Once the crew got in attendance the officer in charge confirmed one horse was stuck in a ditch and requested the attendance of a telehandler to assist with rescuing it.

“Fire control mobilised the urban search and rescue teams telehandler from Clyst St George.

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“The crew liaised with the owner and the vet that were on scene to formulate a plan of rescue.

“The crew rescued the horse from the ditch with the use of a harness and the telehandler.

“Once the horse was rescued to transfer to a safe location and left in the care of the owner and the vet.”

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