Complicated Rescue Of Horses And Owners Who Got Stuck In The Mud
A rider has been taken to hospital after becoming trapped in the mud with two horses at Moreton Shore.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 10.25am on Saturday 13th April after there had been reports that two horses had become stuck in the mud.
When emergency services arrived at the scene the crews were faced with two horses stuck in the mud about 300m out from the shore.
One of the stuck horses had managed to wriggle out of the mud and free itself but the other was still stuck.
After receiving help from the RNLI volunteers and Coastguard officers the second horse was later released.
The horse was then taken to be assessed by a vet.
Three people were also rescued from the mud and assessed at the scene by paramedics. One was then later taken to hospital for further assessments.
RNLI hovercraft crew member Ian Farrall has experience of working with horses, he said: "Considering the ordeal the horse had been through, its behaviour was exceptional in what was clearly a distressing situation.
"The emergency service teams worked really well together, pooling their resources and experience to ensure a good outcome in very difficult circumstances.
"Walking and horse riding is a safe activity most of the time but it is important to be aware of the risks.
"The sand and mud around the Wirral coast can be dangerous and coastal conditions can change over time.
"We would advise horse riders and walkers to check local safety notices and to always carry a means of calling for help. If you get into difficulty on the coast, or see someone else in difficulty, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."