Horses rescued from frozen lake
Two horses have been saved from a frozen lake in an hour-long rescue by dozens of firefighters.
The animals, who fell through the ice, were spotted by a dog walker. The accident happened after they walked across the frozen lake, which is located near to the Summer Leys Nature Reserve, between Wollaston and Great Doddington. Five fire engines and over 20 firefighters attended the scene at around 4:00pm yesterday.
A specialist water and animal rescue team was also present. Working together, they used special equipment such as inflatable platforms to help rescue the horses from the water. The animals were checked over by a vet and were not found to have any serious injuries. It is believed that the animals were trapped in the ice for some time. Speaking about the rescue, group manager Ian McDonald said: “They were standing in the water, which was shoulder height on them. It took a lot of coordinating and all our technical expertise to get them out. “We had to deploy six specialist rescue technicians and we also had to use four rescue paths, which are inflatable paths that allow us to travel on the ice. We made our way to the horses and then put a collar and harness on them and led them to the bank.”
Mr McDonald said that the firefighters had to endure harsh weather conditions in order to cross the ice and save the animals. “It is a dangerous environment but we are specially trained to do this,” he said. Since the cold snap hit the UK last week, there have been several incidents involving animals becoming trapped in ice. Earlier callouts to the fire rescue service involved dogs, which died as a result of being trapped in frozen lakes. Mr McDonald advised people, especially dog walkers, to take care when near frozen lakes.
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