Horse pulled from pond in a dramatic rescue
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.”