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Incident Date: 20 April 2016
FIREFIGHTERS helped save a horse’s life after pulling it out of a hole on a farm near Wigan on Wednesday, April 20.
Crews work to pull Ziona out of the hole
Ziona the grey fell on a building site on Farm Lane in Aspull and became trapped in corrugated metal sheets.
A crew from Wigan and a water incident unit from Heywood were joined by a farmer and vet as they worked together to free the mischievous mare, who escaped with cuts and bruises.
Straps, sliding boards and lighting equipment were used during the rescue and the vet regularly sedated Ziona to keep her as calm as possible.
Ziona takes a breather after being sedated at the scene
Group Manager Ben Levy, the officer in charge of the incident, said: “This was one of the most difficult animal rescues I have experienced.
“Ziona had stepped on sheets of metal, which then became wrapped around her as she fell into the hole. The farmer used a digger to make room for us to access the horse and after two hours we were able to free her.
“Our water incident unit are trained in dealing with incidents involving large animals, but they were ably assisted by our crew from Wigan and had help from the horse’s owner, a local farmer and a vet.
“At one point the vet was very concerned about Ziona’s wellbeing, yet she pulled through and survived, which is great news for her owner and great testament to the hard work of the fire crews and others at the incident.”