Bogs trap two horses: Firefighters to the rescue

Location of Budock Water in Cornwall.
Location of Budock Water in Cornwall.

British firefighters hauled two horses out of bogs in separate incidents on Monday.

The first horse took firefighters from Cornwall Fire and Rescue three hours to dig free using shovels.

Firefighters were called to the scene at Budock Water, Falmouth, shortly after 9pm, the owner reporting that the horse may have been stuck for some time.

A crew from Falmouth used shovels, sand lances and ropes to release the horse.

“The rescue was difficult and took about three hours,” a fire service spokesman said.

A vet was in attendance and the crew remained on scene for some time after the horse was released to assist.

The other rescue was earlier in the day, shortly after 12.30pm.

Location of Dalton-in-Furness, in Cumbria.
Location of Dalton-in-Furness, in Cumbria.

Firefighters from Cumbria Fire and Rescue were called to Dalton-in-Furness, to find a shire horse named Wendy stuck up to its belly in water.

Firefighters wearing body armor used strops, swings, lines and the grunt of a farmer’s tractor to release the horse.

The rescue involving two fire crews and a specialist rope unit.

Once released, the horse was handed over to the care of the owner and vet.

A local report said Wendy was unharmed and was washed down in the farmyard after the rescue.


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