Trapped horse rescued by Hatfield fire crews

PUBLISHED: 18:15 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009

ANIMAL rescue training proved its worth after firefighters rescued a trapped horse from drowning in a bog. Bluebell was up to his neck in mud and sinking rapidly when crews arrived on Friday to a swamp near Newgate Street at 7.45pm. Initially the crews,

ANIMAL rescue training proved its worth after firefighters rescued a trapped horse from drowning in a bog.

Bluebell was up to his neck in mud and sinking rapidly when crews arrived on Friday to a swamp near Newgate Street at 7.45pm.

Initially the crews, which included the rescue support unit and a water incident team from Hatfield, worked to prepare a route for Bluebell to take once he had been released using hand saws.

Pumps, digging tools and lighting were all set up at the same time.

An equine vet was also called to support operations and give advice to ensure Bluebell's safety.

Hose was threaded underneath the horse and the bog was cleared enough for firefighters to use the new techniques they learnt at training to pull Bluebell out of the mud pit.

Peter Hill, Hatfield fire station commander, said: "I'm extremely proud of our crews who worked tirelessly for more than two hours.

"The horse was very tired by this stage from his own efforts at self rescue so although he was docile, he was still strong and heavy.

"We were able to haul him onto the inflatable path and were delighted when he found enough strength to help us and stood himself upright on firm ground.

"We would like to remind owners and carers of large animals to ensure they are kept secure in their paddocks.

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