The recent wet weather has left the condition of paddocks around Macclesfield in a very soggy state and many waterways flowing that had only been a trickle in the past. Unfortunately for one 30 year old equine the going got a bit tough and Macclesfield Fire Brigade and Emerald SES were called to extricate the horse from a watercourse through a paddock. The horse was stuck to the height of his back and had been there many hours.
The two organizations worked well together with the brigade members using seat belt cutters to remove the horse’s rugs and very experienced horsemen in the brigade using hoses and rescue straps to remove the horse from the waterway. Once out and under supervision from a local vet the team of SES and CFA volunteers were then needed to assist the horse to his feet. He walked away uninjured with a very relieved owner.
By Sharon Merritt (BSc)
Vegetation Management Officer
Eastern Metropolitan Region - District 13