Horse rescued by firefighters after falling in canal

The Bolton News: Firefighters put Honey in a sling ready for lifting Firefighters put Honey in a sling ready for lifting

A HORSE was rescued by firefighters after plunging into a canal in Leigh.

The female rider of Honey, a six-year-old mare, was lying injured on the canal bank when firefighters arrived.

Crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to the Leeds Liverpool Canal near Pennington Flash shortly after 2.15pm on Sunday. When firefighters arrived, members of the public were attempting to reach Honey who was stranded in the water.

Station manager Ben Levy said: “The horse was quite distressed when crews arrived so we worked alongside a vet who sedated the horse. A local farmer turned up so we used his tractor to lift the horse and get slings underneath the animal.

“The slings were tied to the fork lift of the tractor and crew from Eccles' water incident unit — who are specially trained in large animal rescue — safely lifted the horse from the water. The rider was treated by colleagues from North West Ambulance Service and firefighters and was carried approximately 300 metres to the ambulance before being taken to hospital.

“Luckily nobody else was injured but there were people trying to go in and get hold of the horse before we arrived so there could have been further injuries.

“I'd urge the public to never attempt to rescue an animal or person trapped in open water because you could get into difficulties yourself.”

The woman was taken to hospital with suspected chest injuries and the horse was treated by a vet — both are expected to make a full recovery.

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5:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bernie boy says...

Thanks for the weekly update regarding events in Leigh.
Thanks for the weekly update regarding events in Leigh. bernie boy

8:53am Tue 17 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

teamwork paid off here. Farmers often have machinery/equipment available which makes it easier to effect this sort of rescue. Hope both horse and rider recover well and go on to enjoy more rides out together.
teamwork paid off here. Farmers often have machinery/equipment available which makes it easier to effect this sort of rescue. Hope both horse and rider recover well and go on to enjoy more rides out together. oftbewildered2

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