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Horse Rescued From River After Two-Hour Struggle

Friday March 14 2014

The rescue The rescue

A SIX-YEAR-OLD horse called Romeo had to be dramatically rescued from the River Dearne by firefighters in Barnsley.

The horse was stuck down a steep bank close to Smithies Lane, Smithies, with seemingly no route of escape, a 999 call at around 10am on Friday morning said.

The RSPCA attended to check its welfare and the animal was sedated by a vet while firefighters dug through the river bank to create an escape route for the horse.

Just under two hours later the horse was freed, led to safety using harnesses and apparently none the worse for its ordeal.

Cudworth, Edlington, Aston Park and Tankersley fire crews performed the rescue.

Station manager Simon Dillon said: "This wasn't an easy rescue at all, and our firefighters worked extremely hard to dig away the bank. The large tree roots in the banking made that really difficult, but we got there in the end."

"Once out, he trotted over to his owner and let out a nay of thanks to the crews. He was checked over at the scene by the vet and other than a couple of scapes where he had tried to get out himself, he was unharmed by the experience."

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Reply Posted by paula on Friday March 14 2014 at 15:45
Well Done to all involved in the rescue ,Glad Romeo is ok :)

Reply Posted by Julie on Friday March 14 2014 at 16:02
Well done all involved ,glad the horse is ok xx

Reply Posted by Hayley Beardshshall on Friday March 14 2014 at 16:54
Well done to all that were involved in this rescue

Reply Posted by jan on Friday March 14 2014 at 18:43
well done to all involved, glad the horse is safe and well x

Reply Posted by Joe rippon on Friday March 14 2014 at 19:04
Should have just terminated the bloody thing insteady of wasting our resources and money

Reply Posted by Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know on Saturday March 15 2014 at 09:20
You sound like a really good person

Reply Posted by ALF on Sunday March 16 2014 at 11:34
Remember that statement if you ever get stuck in a crashed car/burning building/up your own arse. I wouldn't want my money going to rescue someone like you! There are some callous people around...

Reply Posted by Shaun on Sunday March 16 2014 at 18:31
Joe you talk like a gippo

Reply Posted by Kfc on Friday March 14 2014 at 20:17
@Joe nay nay nay Joe.

Reply Posted by Anderson khan on Friday March 14 2014 at 20:53
kfc - stop horsing about. and last time I ate kfc it gave me the trots.. ney there lad..

Reply Posted by anon on Saturday March 15 2014 at 23:10
joe hope you don't need fire service as that would be a waste of resources and money. the hosre had been stuck in the river since 7.15 when it was reported to police . there are some sad people who think this type of incident is funny when it isn't

Reply Posted by Shawn Mawson on Sunday March 16 2014 at 18:34
Terrible comment by Joe

Reply Posted by JOE on Monday March 17 2014 at 15:14
Im a realist, Tesco would have paid a tenner for a dead horse. Instead it cost us £10k to get the thing out

Reply Posted by Proper realist on Wednesday March 19 2014 at 18:27
And where Joe, do we draw the line at being realists?; don't rescue a living animal because of monetary reasons, don't rescue people stuck in a car accident that was their fault, don't rescue kiddies stuck in a house fire because its their fault they lit the cig??? See where i'm going with this?. If we all lose common decency in helping others, one day it could be you stuck in any of the scenario's mentioned and who would help YOU just to save a few quid???????