Horse ditch rescue

Firefighters rescue the horse.
Firefighters rescue the horse.

QUICK-thinking firefighters leapt into action to rescue a horse which was stuck in a ditch.

A crew from Knottingley fire station was called to the town’s Stocking Lane at 8.24am last Saturday, where the animal had been trapped overnight.

A vet was called to sedate the 500-kilo creature and firefighters used straps to pull it up from a pool of mud.

Using a resident’s agricultural forklift truck, the horse was then lifted to safety.

The rescue – which involved 11 firefighters – lasted three hours