Horse pulled from pond in a dra­matic res­cue

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

A HORSE had a lucky es­cape af­ter be­com­ing trapped in a pond.

The 23-year-old an­i­mal got stuck in the pond in Chalk Road, Gore­field, near Wis­bech at 11.50am on June 6.

A vet and fire and res­cue crews were called to the scene to try and pull the horse out of the pond and up the steep muddy banks, us­ing farm equip­ment be­long­ing to neigh­bours.

In­ci­dent com­man­der for Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, Harry Edge paid trib­ute to res­i­dents liv­ing nearby who had come to help out dur­ing the res­cue.

He said: “This was a dif­fi­cult res­cue due to the steep banks of the pond and also the age of the horse, which was about 23 and very tired. “We re­ceived a lot of help from those nearby, in­clud­ing a farmer with a tele­porter – which is a piece of farm­ing equip­ment used for lift­ing – a neigh­bour with a JCB and an­other neigh­bour who kept the horse calm.

“I would like to pub­licly thank all those who helped.

“On the ad­vice of a vet, we used the JCB to dig out the steep banks and then placed two traps around the an­i­mal.

“We were then able to lift the an­i­mal to safety us­ing the tele­porter.

“The horse was un­harmed in the in­ci­dent.”

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