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.

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.