Shire horse saved from drowning by firefighters

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An elderly Shire horse has been saved from what firefighters say was "certain death" having got itself stuck in a pond.

The 27-year-old horse was found up to his neck in the water at a farm in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, yesterday (August 29th).

He was unable to free himself and firefighters from the Water Incident Unit at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service worked alongside RSPCA workers to free the beast.

This follows a similar operation in West Yorkshire last month to save a horse that had fallen through a hole in the ground and become stuck in an underground chamber for five days before being saved.

Station manager at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Kevin O'Connor said the horse was up to his neck in water and suffering badly from hypothermia.

"He kept trying to spin in the water; every time we got ready to pull him up, he would turn round. He was very close to dying, but the donkey never left his side," he continued.

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