Last updated: 19/12/2019, 9:13 AM

Horse rescue - Belvedere

18/12/2019 14:31
Animal rescue

Firefighters rescued a horse which had got stuck in the mud down an embankment on Bronze Age Way in Belvedere. 

When they arrived, crews found the horse tangled around some trees with a ditch of water around 2.5 metres deep just below where it was stuck.

Crews set up a line (rope) system to ensure firefighters were working safely and winched the horse up the bank to safety.

Station Commander Lisa King, who was at the scene, said: “Crews worked really well in what were tough conditions.

"It was starting to get dark and the bank was very slippery due to the amount of rain we’ve had.

"Crews worked closely with the vet and the RSPCA and the horse was standing up at the end once we got it up so that was a good result.

“We would always encourage people to call the RSPCA in the first instance if they see an animal stuck or in distress.

“Firefighters love animals too and we are always happy to assist if our specialist equipment is required, as in this case.”

The Brigade was called at 1431 and the incident was over for firefighters by 1840. One fire engine from Erith Fire Station and two fire rescue units from Bexley and East Ham fire stations were at the scene.

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