Hereford & Worcester

Hereford and Worcester fire service in horse rescues

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue has issued a warning over keeping horses near water after it was called to three incidents in three days.

In unrelated call-outs between 7 and 9 October, four horses were rescued from the River Severn near Severn Stoke, and canals at Cookley and Smite.

On all three occasions the animals were brought to safety unharmed.

Station Commander Bob Sproat urged anyone keeping horses near water to ensure that access was cordoned off.

The fire service's specialist water rescue team was called out on each occasion, along with crews from across the counties.

The service said Friday's rescue required a one-hour search for the horse, believed to be called Rollo.

Mr Sproat said it was important anyone noticing a horse in water should remain at the scene to help pinpoint the animal's exact location.

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