Firefighters rescue trapped foal after it became stuck in river

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 07 July 2017

Firefighters rescue foal after it became trapped in river

Firefighters rescue foal after it became trapped in river

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A foal had a lucky escape after falling into a river in Buckden and becoming trapped on Thursday.

Crews from St Neots and Huntingdon were called to the river in Mill Road, at shortly after 8.20am, to find the foal had gone over the top of a weir before getting stuck downstream.

Firefighters wearing dry suits entered the water on a sled and used a flotation device on the rear of the horse, and a harness around its head, to help guide it back onto the river bank.

Crew commander James Ball, of St Neots fire station, said: “He was pretty lucky really because he was only a tiny little thing and he’d gone over the weir before getting stuck downstream in standing water.

“He was very scared when he came out but we returned him straight back to his family.”

The foal escaped largely unhurt and only had a small graze to one of its shins.

Crews returned to their stations by 11.28am.

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