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Horse rescued from swamp area

Posted by CFA Media
Sunday, 26 February 2012

CFA crews have helped free a horse that sunk into sand and mud on Avalon Beach this afternoon.

The horse and its female rider started sinking and became trapped during low-tide at around 1pm.

Crews originally tried using hoses to free the horse then digging, but neither worked. CFA members worked amid increasing pressure with high afternoon temperatures and the risk of the evening tide coming in.

Eventually a tractor was sourced and an equine sling from Werribee Zoo attached and the animal was able to be successfully released two hours after it became stuck.

The unusual rescue saw crews avoid using sirens when arriving on scene so they didn’t spook the horse.

The rider was taken to Werribee hospital for a check-up and a vet examined the horse at the scene.

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Paul Cockerill
written by Paul Cockerill, February 27, 2012
Martin Anderson
written by Martin Anderson, February 27, 2012
Amazing photos! The owner clearly loves that horse!

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