Horse hoisted to safety in Oregon river rescue

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 1, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Monitor Fire out with Woodburn fire on a Horse down an embankment. Swift water team put on stand by

Posted by Monitor Fire District on Monday, February 29, 2016

WOODBURN, Ore., March 1 (UPI) -- Firefighters from two Oregon counties responded to a river to rescue an adult horse that fell down an embankment and became stuck in the mud while trying to swim.

Rescuers from Monitor Rural Fire, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Woodburn Fire and the multi-agency Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium converged Monday afternoon at the shore of the Pudding River near Woodburn after a horse fell 15 feet down an embankment and became stuck in the mud while trying to swim.

The rescue, which was chronicled on Monitor Fire District's Facebook page, involved a life raft and a pulley system.

The horse was back on dry land shortly after 7 p.m., about five hours after rescuers first arrived on the scene.

"Horse was doing ok, walked out with owner about 1 mile to horse trailer," Monitor Fire District said on Facebook.

Posted by Monitor Fire District on Monday, February 29, 2016
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