RESCUED: Fire crews free horse entangled in reeds underneath Fenland bridge

Horse Rescue at Mepal river

Horse Rescue at Mepal river - Credit: Archant

A TWO hour rescue mission involving fire crews from two stations finally freed a trapped horse.

Horse Rescue at Mepal river

Horse Rescue at Mepal river - Credit: Archant

The horse was stuck under a bridge with reeds encasing its legs.

Horse Rescue at Mepal river

Horse Rescue at Mepal river - Credit: Archant

One fire crew from Chatteris and another from Huntingdon – plus a rescue vehicle from Huntingdon- were called to the incident.

The alarm was sounded on Saturday morning after emergency services received reports of a horse stuck in a dyke near to the Three Pickerels pub, in Bridge Road, Mepal.

A fire service spokesman said: “Animal rescue-trained firefighters used specialist equipment, in-water suits and animal rescue techniques to release to the horse to safety.”


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The call was raised at 8.50am and crews returned to their stations by 11.05am.

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