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Rescuers Save Horses Life After It Falls Into A Water-filled Ditch

A team of rescuers managed to save a horse after it fell into a ditch that was filled with water.

10 rescuers from the Northen Ireland Fire & Rescue Service’s (NIFRS) large animal rescue team were called to the farm on the Drumduff Road near Sixmilecross last Thursday morning. They were informed that a horse had fallen into a deep sheugh.

The rescue was documented by the NIFRS in a series of pictures that were then shared on social media.

Horse in ditch Rescued horse


One spokesman said that the rescue took around two hours to bring the horse to safety.

"All went well," the spokesman said. "The horse is fine. We were able to remove him from the ditch using manual handling techniques, and we also had the assistance of a telehandler which was supplied by the farmer."

The Fire & Rescue Service consists of two large animal rescue teams one in Omagh, Co Tyrone and the other in Newcastle, Co Down. The spokesman said that both teams are extremely busy, especially with cases similar to this one where animals have become trapped.

The rescuers take special precaution by using personal protective equipment and disinfectant before entering and exiting a farm, as they are aware of the risks of diseases spreading.