Exmouth and Exeter firefighters rescue fallen horse trapped in a ditch at Clyst St Mary

Firefighters from Exmouth and Exeter rescued a horse trapped on its side from a ditch in Clyst St Mary on Monday lunchtime (October 19).

Crews were called to the Exmouth Road shortly after 12.30pm where they found the 17-hand gelding had fallen and was unable to get up.

Firefighters from Exmouth and Middlemoor freed the horse using specialist lifting equipment.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “The fire service received a call reporting a horse fallen in a ditch, lying on its side and unable to get up.

“A fire appliance and the heavy rescue unit from Middlemoor, Exeter, as well as the water safety equipment from Exmouth attended.

“Upon arrival, fire crews requested the attendance of the telehandler from Clyst St George, Exeter, and confirmed a gelding, 17 hands high, stuck in a ditch.

“Fire crews rescued the horse using strops, rescue lines and animal rescue equipment.”

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