Peterborough fire crews rescue horse from river

Crews rescuing the trapped horse

Crews rescuing the trapped horse

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A horse had to be pulled from safety after getting trapped in a river at Guyhirn.

Crews from March and Dogsthorpe and a rescue vehicle were called to a horse stuck in a river off the A47 near Guyhirn at 7.30pm last night (Thursday).

A small brown and white horse was trapped in water and mud. Specially trained animal rescue firefighters worked with in-water teams to use animal rescue equipment and safely release the horse by about 9.35am.

Station Commander Jamie Johnson said: “The tide was out, which exposed sinking mud on along the edge of the river so every time the horse tried to move it got its legs stuck even further down.

“A vet was in attendance and we worked closely with them however, did not sedate the horse because we needed it to, at points, be able to help us in the rescue operation. It was an arduous rescue for crews and took a multiple team effort to release him.”