Horse pulled to safety after tumble into Oregon creek

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Rescuers prevent the exhausted horse from drowning as rescue preparations are made.
Rescuers prevent the exhausted horse from drowning as rescue preparations are made. Photo: Facebook/Columbia River Fire & Rescue

An Oregon horse in danger of drowning after becoming stuck in a creek has been rescued, thanks to the efforts of firefighters and helpers.

Columbia River Fire & Rescue came to the aid of the 25-year-old horse, after its plight was reported late last Friday morning.

They arrived at McDermott Rd in Deer Island to find the animal stuck and exhausted from its struggle to get up.

Several people were supporting the horse and working to prevent it drowning in the stream.

It appeared the animal had slipped down a 10-foot bank into the creek.

Firefighters and helpers used a combination of fire hoses, ropes and a harness system, together with manpower, to pull the horse to safety.

It was checked by a local veterinarian, before being returned to its stable for further care.

Columbia River Fire & Rescue, with seven stations, protects about 200 square miles of Columbia County, Oregon. which includes St Helens, Columbia City and the City of Rainier.

More images can be found on Columbia River Fire & Rescue’s Facebook page  

The rescue effort is under way.
The rescue effort is under way. Photo: Facebook/Columbia River Fire & Rescue

 

Saved after a two-hour rescue mission.
Saved after a two-hour rescue mission. Photo: Facebook/Columbia River Fire & Rescue

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