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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Horses Rescued From Ice

Firefighters have today rescued horses Sam and Moose after they became trapped in a frozen lake.

The animals fell through the ice at midday near to where they are kept in a field off Church Lane in Hatherton.

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

Station Manager, Dave Williams, said: "Because snow formed on top of the ice on the lake the horses ended up walking to the centre of the lake looking for water to drink.

"The ice gave way and both ended up submerged. When we arrived there were a dozen people on the ice who had attached lines around the horses’ bridles and were trying to pull them out.

"We moved them out of the way for their own safety. Using agricultural equipment provided by a nearby farmer we were able to pull the horses to safety.”

Dave added: "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."

The horses' owners arrived at the scene with a vet who checked the animals over as crews left the incident at 1.12pm.