Stricken horse rescued from mud

Firefighters rescue the trapped horse. Picture from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters rescue the trapped horse. Picture from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

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FIREFIGHTERS rescued a stricken horse which had become stuck in a muddy ditch.

Crews spent more than two hours hauling distressed three-year-old mare Ella out of a ditch near Pinfold Lane in Prescot on Monday morning (July 16).

The firefighters, joined by the force’s specialist search and rescue team, were accompanied to the scene by a vet shortly after 9.30am.

Crews first freed the horse’s leg, which had become trapped in a section of wire mesh, before setting up a hauling system to complete the rescue.

Thankfully, Ella had only suffered superficial cuts - although she was exhausted once the rescue was complete.

Fire station manager Joe Cunliffe, who attended the call-out, said: “Firefighters used tirfor, which is a mechanical winch, and strops, a special type of strap, to lift the horse from the ditch.

“The vet then checked Ella and said she was suffering from exhaustion. She was in a field draining ditch in a combination of water and mud and had got stuck.”

The rescue was completed by 11.43am.