A woman has thanked “fantastic” rescuers who helped her horse after he plunged into a sinkhole.
The 27-year-old Chestnut stallion horse, called Prince, was found stuck neck-deep in a field in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, on Saturday morning after the ground collapsed.
His owner, Helen Tempest, was at hand to comfort him until rescue teams arrived.
“I just sat on the ground nest to him, stroking him, I could only reach his ears, he seemed to settle,” she said. “The only time he was panicking was when I got up and moved.”
Now, the incredible footage shows the moment when firefighters pulled a horse out of a sinkhole after he became completely submerged underground.
A team from West Yorkshire Fire Service came to the aid of Prince after he got stuck in the roughly 4ft (1.2m) deep pit on Saturday (Jan 7). The firefighters, assisted by vets and the horse’s owner, first used a digger to carve open a shallow trench close to where Prince was trapped, in Mirfield, West Yorks.
And a stunning clip then showed four of the brave servicemen using a rope to help tug the pony out of the hole, who thankfully emerged completely unharmed.
Rescue crews first used a digger to create a trench for the horse to use as a ramp to get out of the sinkhole. Prince was stuck in the ground with no way to get out until this trench was dug for him. Rescuers then attached a rope to the horse and pulled the animal until Prince was able to escape the hole that had formed in the ground. Throughout the rescue, the horse was terrified.
Damian Cameron, a Technical Rescue Officer with West Yorkshire Fire Service, who assisted with the operation, said: “27yr old Prince found himself in a sinkhole in Mirfield this morning.”
“A sinkhole can be caused by a number of things, from old mines to running water. We’ve had similar incidents in the past where cows have got stuck in sink holes, and we do have the option of putting slings around them and lifting them out,” Cameron said.
He added, “However, we felt this could be dangerous for Prince, and so we opted to dig him out instead. Once Prince had been sedated, we started to work on getting him out and back to the surface. By that point, his legs were a bit numb, and he still had a bit of climbing to do, but he managed to get out fairly quickly – the whole rescue took less than an hour.”
An emotional Helen said she was beyond grateful for the firefighters’ help.
“I’m just so grateful, I don’t know what I would have done without him,” she said. “The speed, just how calm they were, and how brilliant they were with me, because I was hopeless, they were just fantastic.
“He’s back out in a different field today with a few of his stablemates, life back to normal for him.”
Watch the incredible rescue footage below:
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