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

Archant

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.

More news stories

41 minutes ago

Campaigners in Little Paxton were celebrating last night after councillors voted to reject a planning application to build almost 200 new homes on the edge of the village.

Yesterday, 15:22

The head chef at Hinchingbrooke Hospital has won a prestigious award.

Yesterday, 13:30

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a theft from a pharmacy in St Ives.

Yesterday, 12:19

A duo described as ‘gardeners’ have been jailed for being concerned in the production of cannabis in Huntingdonshire.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Hunts Post weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy