Local fire crews rescue a horse from a sink hole on a East Harptree farm

By Chew Valley Gazette in Farming

Fire crews from Chew Magna and Bedminster have rescued a half-tonne horse after he fell into a sink hole in his paddock.

Crews were called out to Smithhams Farm, East Harptree to rescue the trapped horse, Buzz.

The 15.2hh Buzz was discovered submerged in the hole with only his head and front hooves above ground. He was sedated by a vet before crews set about freeing him using animal rescue equipment.

The owner of horse, Nigel Sommerfield said: “On behalf of my family, I would like to thank all the firefighters who came to the rescue of our fantastic horse Buzz.

“They all showed great team work and skill and certainly saved his life. All the signs are that he has come through the ordeal unscathed undoubtedly helped by the speed with which the team managed to get him out.”

Since Buzz’s rescue on Friday 24th February he has gained national fame, appearing in the headlines of local and national papers including The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.

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