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Dagenham firefighters rescue horse week after saving stranded foal from river

PUBLISHED: 16:39 03 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:39 03 May 2013

The foal was said to be shivering when he was pulled out of the water. Picture: London Fire Brigade

The foal was said to be shivering when he was pulled out of the water. Picture: London Fire Brigade

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Firefighters were called to rescue a horse stuck in a canal just a week after saving an abandoned foal from a river.

A crew from Dagenham fire station, one of only four crews in the capital trained in large animal rescue, took two hours to pull the horse free using specialist equipment after it became stranded in the canal on Saturday evening, April 27.

The rescue, in Walthamstow, came just nine days after the Dagenham crew battled for hours to free a less than three-feet tall foal from the River Lea in Chingford that had become trapped by the river’s 12ft banks.

“It’s quite dangerous because if they panic we can get a rather large kick,” said Dagenham station manager Paul McClenaghan, who said a firefighter gets in the water to attach equipment to the animal.

The foal, named Steve, was treated for hypothermia and has been given a home at Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Norfolk.


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