Neigh-bourly firefighters rescue horse stuck in Northampton river

The fire service required a lot of horse power to get him out!

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 3:26 pm

Firefighters had to rescue a horse that wound up stuck in a Northampton river last night (July 14).

Fire crews from Mereway and Moulton were called to Weston Mill Lane at 9.26pm yesterday evening where they found a horse stuck in the river in water that came up to its stomach.

A spokeswoman for the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Members of the public were trying to stop the horse from moving into deeper water.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Firefighters rushed to this horse's rescue when it became stuck in a river.

"On assessing the incident, crews called for assistance from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service as the nearest available animal rescue crew.

"A British equine vet from Wellingborough was mobilised to the scene to assist in the rescue procedure and ensure the horse remained calm."

Firefighters used lighting, rescue lines and specialist animal rescue equipment to move the horse to safety.

Crews eventually left the scene four hours later at 1.30am.