A perilous rescue mission
On Thursday 24th January this year, a rescue mission was underway in Vendée in the Pays-de-la-Loire region in France! A horse, that had gotten separated from its rider, found itself on a crazy adventure not far from an oyster farm.
The owner of the park, Grégory Gaudin, discovered the distraught and exhausted animal. Interrogated by a French newspaper, Ouest France, the oyster farmer explains:
‘The rider wasn’t anywhere nearby. I immediately called the firemen. The rider had fallen off, and the horse had continued on for miles before getting stuck in the mud.’
But the rescue mission led by the fire brigade wasn’t exactly all that easy. The fire fighters spent three hours trying to free the horse before managing to get the poor animal out of its mud prison.
The 4-year-old horse actually weighed no less than 350 kilos (55 stone).
Because of this, a civilian law enforcement helicopter was called to their aid, as well as a tractor that was borrowed from a nearby farmer so that they could get the horse out of the mud it was trapped in.
As for the horse’s owner, she was found a few kilometres away on the same beach.
The rider’s brother, moved by this rescue mission, insisted on expressing his gratitude on social media:
‘Without the fast response from those two guys on the beach who found the horse and called the fire fighters straight away, my sister’s horse would have certainly died. So, thanks guys, I don’t know what else I can say. A huge thank you to the fire fighters.’
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