Crews from Crowborough and Battle fire stations were called to an incident where a horse had got stuck in flooded woodlands at a farm in Hurst Green.
The incident happened at just after 5pm yesterday (Tuesday 9th February). On arrival crews found the horse was up to its neck, in a bog, surrounded by fallen trees. The ground conditions made it impossible to get the animal rescue vehicle close to the scene, which meant that the animal rescue team carried all of their equipment approx 600 metres to the scene.
All four members of the animal rescue team wore dry suits and used a rescue path to gain access to the horse. A vet was also in attendance. Crews had to cut trees back, and secured a line and a strop around the horse, collectively pulling the horse to safety. Luckily the horse was able to stand up again quickly.
Crew Commander Foskett from Crowborough Community Fire Station said:
It was a difficult rescue and crews worked extremely hard to ensure a good outcome. Well done to everyone involved.
The horse’s owner has paid tribute to the work of the crews. Posting a comment on CrowboroughLife (below), Tamsin Perry said:
I want to say a huge Thank You for the brilliant way you dealt with a very difficult situation saving my horse George from the swamp in Hurst Green! You were all amazing, I can’t thank you enough! George is recovering well with some extra TLC after his ordeal X
Call sign Whiskey 13, the animal rescue unit covers the whole of Sussex and parts of Kent and have been nationally recognised for their expertise. It consists of a purpose-built Mercedes Unimog 4 x 4 off-road appliance. Fitted with a hydraulic crane capable of lifting farm animals from open water, ditches etc. The unit is also equipped with a floating rescue path, for use on shallow water or unstable ground such as quicksand or marsh