William helped out of a swimming pool in London

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A British horse named William escaped with cuts and bruises and falling into a disused swimming pool.

Crews with the London Fire Brigade were called to the Cudham Lane South address, near Sevenoaks, to help in the rescue of William late on Friday morning after his owners found him in a distressed state.

“It was a difficult rescue owing to the frailty of the horse and the depth of the water,” station manager Andy Roberts said.

“Fortunately, William was found in the shallow end.

“Crews kept his nose out of the water until a vet arrived and sedated him.

“Fire crews worked hard for several hours preparing to lift him out.”

They used a portable water pump to drain water out of the pool and put slings and straps around William so he could be lifted out safely.

His owner then came in with heavy machinery and was able to lift William out of the pool and on to dry land.

“He is now on his feet and recovering in a nearby field, with only a few cuts and bruises to show for his ordeal,” Roberts said.

The brigade received the called at 11.33am and had William out of the water by 2.53pm.

Fire crews from Bromley attended with specialist animal rescue equipment.

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