Firefighters save horse trapped head-deep in mud

275x250.jpg A three-year-old horse called Elvis has been rescued by a team of ten firefighters after getting stuck neck deep in a muddy swamp.

The 14-hand horse had been discovered by his owner struggling for air and to get free after escaping from his field and falling into a 20m sq mud pit.

Firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service were dispatched to the woodland scene in Coventry where one donned a dry suit and climbed into the mud pit to being a two-hour rescue.

Colleagues then shovelled away mud from around the horse to fit strops and pull him to safety… luckily they won the tug-of-war and the animal was returned to the safety of solid ground.
275x250.jpg Watch Manger Pete Drummond, who was first to arrive at the scene said: "I left the vehicle and ran the 1/4 mile distance through woodland tracks to get to the horse, as we heard from the owner that he was now almost fully submerged.

"With the assistance of my crew, three potential rescue plans were put in place. The horse was clearly in distress and it was crucial that we acted quickly to get him out alive."

Elvis’ owner, Maggie Hill added: "I cannot praise the crews enough for what they did. I didn’t think there was any chance they’d manage to pull him out alive but they did.

"They were absolutely brilliant, true gentlemen and I am extremely grateful to them."

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