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Firefighters rescue horse trapped in slurry pit

Firefighters led a 3-hour rescue operation after a horse became trapped in a slurry store.

The incident took place on January 31st, in Kendal, in the UK. The 26-year-old animal was successfully rescued due to the efforts of the farmer and fire crews.

The crews “dug the horse out, then using C60P1 animal rescue kit, lifted the horse to safety”, according to a spokesperson for Kendal Fire Station.

Horse rescued 

In a statement, the spokesperson said: “Today at approximately 0955hrs Kendal White watch along with Milnthorpe On-call, Kendal On-call & SM Leather were mobilised to a large animal rescue in the Kendal area.”

“A horse had become trapped in an access pit to a slurry store approximately 1mx1m. The horse named Angel was 26-years-old, and as you can see by the pictures, she was well and truly trapped. “

“Crews worked tirelessly, along with the farmer to free the horse, utilising the farmers two diggers and telehandler. The crews quite literally dug the horse out, then using C60P1 animal rescue kit, lifted the horse to safety.”

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“This was a very difficult job in difficult conditions. A huge thanks must go to the Milnthorpe crew; their knowledge of animals and the building trade were priceless.”

“Well done to all involved, a real team effort which lasted approximately 3 hours. The horse was successfully rescued and is now hopefully going to make a full recovery.”

Cattle rescued from slurry pit in Monaghan

Firefighters assisted with the rescue of cattle from a slurry pit in Co. Monaghan late last year, as reported by us here.

The rescue operation, involving Castleblayney Fire Crew, took place on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020.

In a brief statement, a spokesperson said: “Castleblayney Fire Crew today assisted in an animal rescue. Firefighters wearing flood suits and B.A. aided in the removal of a number of cattle from a slurry pit.”

“Gas monitors were also used to monitor the atmosphere of the slatted shed for the safety of the first responders.”

All animals were successfully rescued, according to Dermot Brannigan, Monaghan’s chief fire officer.

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