A horse in California has been airlifted to safety after taking a tumble off a wilderness trail on Saturday afternoon.
The horse had fallen about 150 feet into a ravine near Little Tujunga, about 25 northwest of Los Angeles.
The horse was placed in a special harness and flown out of the area by a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter.
He was blindfolded and sedated to ensure the airlift went safely.
The horse was safely delivered to the landing zone and was back on his feet in a few minutes.
Veterinarians checked him over and found he was uninjured, despite his fall.
Firefighters had to clear brush from around him to allow the airlift to proceed safely.
There was no report on the fate of his rider, although no accounts have emerged of anyone being injured.
Los Angeles County Fire Department with assistance from Los Angeles FD Air Operations, LA County Animal control & a veterinarian from the DART team responded to a horse that had fallen approximately 150 feet into a ravine near Little Tujunga. Camp crew members cleared a large amount of brush with hand tools to allow the #LACoFD Urban Search & Rescue Team & rescuers to make its way to the animal. With guidance from the veterinarian the animal was sedated & properly secured for a hoist operation. #LAFD helicopter hoisted the horse and safely transported it to the landing zone. Within a few minutes the horse was up on its feet and “talking” to his rescuers. This is a great example of the teamwork & coordination amongst the numerous agencies involved today.
Posted by Los Angeles County Fire Department on Saturday, March 19, 2016