Animal rescuers pull stranded horse from Tewkesbury brook
Animal rescue crews have saved the life of a horse which became stuck in a brook in Tewkesbury.
Staff from Gloucester North Fire Station received a call at midday on Saturday that a horse had become stranded in the water near Bredon Road.
She was separated from her foal in the field behind The White Bear pub.
But the rescue team were able to free the mare uninjured using a specialist horse collar.
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Crew Commander and animal rescue specialist, Michael Keel, said: “When we arrived, the mare was upright and calm in the brook. We sent two firefighters in dry suits into the water, with one holding the horse and the other on standby for support if needed.
“Thankfully, we were able to get the specialist horse collar over her head, remove a small fenced area and lead her calmly to safely. I then checked her over and she was absolutely fine. The specialist training we receive is so important for rescues like this and her owner was extremely grateful for the successful rescue.”
The swift water rescue team from Tewkesbury also attended the incident and were on standby in case more crew were needed.
The most common animal-related call-outs are to free horses, cattle, pigs and sheep who often find themselves trapped in machinery, bogs, rivers, pools, brooks and ditches.
They are often victims of road traffic collisions as well.
Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “This successful horse rescue demonstrates how important our investment has been in specialist equipment and training – both for animal and water rescues.
“This investment has made our already excellent Fire Service even more responsive and efficient, as well as ensuring that firefighters are more able to protect themselves in potentially difficult and dangerous situations.”
The animal rescue team was introduced last year.