Horse rescued from a water-filled ditch in a village near Lutterworth

Firefighters managed to free the trapped horse using specialist equipment in the 80-minute operation

A distressed horse was rescued from a water-filled ditch in a village near Lutterworth by firefighters on Saturday (October 3).
A distressed horse was rescued from a water-filled ditch in a village near Lutterworth by firefighters on Saturday (October 3).

A distressed horse was rescued from a water-filled ditch in a village near Lutterworth by firefighters on Saturday (October 3).

The alarm was raised at 8.36am after the frightened animal became trapped in about two feet of water on Lutterworth Road, Ullesthorpe, amid heavy rain.

One fire engine from Lutterworth which went to the scene was backed up by two technical rescue appliances from Leicester’s Southern fire station.

Firefighters quickly drew up a rescue plan on the spot as it continued to pour down, filling the ditch with even more rainwater.

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They managed to free the trapped horse using specialist equipment called strops in the 80-minute operation.