Monday 23 October 2017

Firemen rescue horse trapped 'chest deep' in river

David Kearns

Cork firefighters have rescued a horse that was stuck in a river in the Blarney area.

A passerby saw the animal and contacted the ISPCA, who directed the Cork fire service to where the horse was trapped.

The Ballybolane Amber Unit responded immediately and found the animal chest deep in the muddy river.

It took almost two hours to free the horse, believed to have been trapped in the water for at least two days.

Two firemen had to go into the water to help haul the beast on to riverbank said ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan, who described the rescue as “not an easy task”.

“This was a big animal... [but]  the fire fighters persevered and used all their muscle power until the animal was hauled to dry land".

An equine vet then examined the horse, who is said to be “exhausted” but “recovering well after the ordeal”.

The ISPCA thanked everyone who helped in the rescue, saying the horse could have easily drowned.

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