Trapped horse rescued from cesspit as firefighters hoist it out by HOOVES

Dramatic pictures show firefighters using a fork-lift truck to hoist a trapped horse out of a cesspit – by its HOOVES. A telehandler was used to winch the animal free after it was wedged upside-down in the hole. Firefighters spent more than two-and-a-half hours rescuing the horse which stumbled into the dried-up pit at a farm in Mattersey, Notts., last Friday afternoon (27/3).

Rescuers borrowed a telehandler from a nearby farm supplies firm and attached straps to the animal’s hooves before gently lifting it free.

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Firefighter Leigh Holmes, district manager for Newark, Collingham and Southwell, tweeted: “A difficult but very successful rescue of a large animal by crews from Retford, Warsop and Newark. “This was made possible through the excellent support of a vet and local company Agriscope who sent us some much needed machinery.”

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said: “We received a call at 12.57pm on March 27 to a horse falling into a dry cesspit. “Crews from Retford, Newark and Warsop attended.

The horse was rescued and left in the care of the owner with the incident being concluded at 3.40pm.”

Trapped horse rescued from cesspit as firefighters hoist it out by HOOVES

The horse was examined at the scene before being reunited with its owner.

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