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Horse Rescue In Blythe Bridge

Firefighters have attended a second horse rescue on Stallington Road in Blythe Bridge today.

 

When crews arrived there were two people on the ice alongside the horse, which was approximately 18 foot from the shoreline. Firefighters managed to get the owners to a point of safety away from the pond, as they began to rescue the horse.

The emergency call was received at 3.45 pm reporting a horse that had fallen through ice into icy water. Yesterday firefighters rescued a horse from a pond in Forsbrook that had also fallen through the ice.

Engines from Longton and a specialist water rescue unit from Newcastle attended the incident

Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj said: “When crews arrived there were two people on the ice alongside the horse, which was approximately 18 foot from the shoreline. Firefighters managed to get the owners to a point of safety away from the pond, as 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.”

“This is the second incident in two days that we have attended involving a horse in the ice and on both occasions the owners have gone to try and rescue the horse. The ice cold temperatures of the water mean they are putting themselves in extreme danger – you should never try and rescue another person or an animal as you could end up in difficulty. Instead ring 999 and ask for the Fire Service immediately.”

The service is also encouraging people to ensure they keep pet dogs on a lead following two emergency calls to dogs trapped in water. The first was in the Trent and Mersey Canal, Shelton New Road in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent at 10.30am and the second was on Belgrave Lakes, Marlborough Way, Glascote, Tamworth shortly before 4pm today. On both occasions the dogs were brought to safety before crews arrived.