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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Horse Falls Through Ice

Horse rescue
Fire fighters working to rescue horse

Firefighters have this morning rescued a horse, Velvet, that had fallen through an iced over pond.

The incident occurred at approximately 11am this morning in a field, where the horse was kept, off Chapel Street, Forsbrook.

"We'd like to remind people that if you see a person, a pet, or in this case a horse, fall through the ice and get into difficulty never try and rescue them yourself."

Glynn Luznyj

Engines from Cheadle and Longton were sent to the incident along with a special water rescue unit from Newcastle.

Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj said: "When crews arrived there was a woman on the ice alongside the horse. Firefighters managed to get her to a point of safety away from the pond, before they began to rescue the horse.

"Crews erected two inflatable walkways and then two firefighters in dry suits walked across the walkways to the horse, cutting away the surrounding ice as they moved across the pond.

"They put a halter around the horse attached to a rope and then pulled the horse to safety.

"We'd like to remind people that if you see a person, a pet, or in this case a horse, fall through the ice and get into difficulty never try and rescue them yourself, instead ring 999 and ask for the Fire Service immediately.

"This lady was very lucky that the ice didn't break underneath her as she would have been plunged into icy cold water."

The horse was checked by a vet and crews left the incident at 12.30pm.