Dramatic rescue of horse who had fallen down a cliff

The Scottish SPCA and Sottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to an emergency yesterday after a horse had fallen down a cliff.

Tara had fallen 20-30ft down the side of a cliff (Pic: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service) 

Tara had fallen 20-30ft down the side of a cliff (Pic: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service) 

 

The horse, named Tara, had fallen 20-30ft down the side of the cliff in Cammachmore, Aberdeen. Upon discovering Tara, her owner quickly called for the emergency services for help. 

After receiving the call, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sprung to action and brought along with them a heavy rescue unit and a specialist rope rescue team.

Firefighters needed help from a local farmer and his tractor to rescue Tara (Pic: SSPCA)

Firefighters needed help from a local farmer and his tractor to rescue Tara (Pic: SSPCA)

Taking advice from a local vet and the Scottish SPCA, Tara was sedated and then stabilised and secured using strops, which were then attached to a tractor.

With the help of a local farmer, the firefighters then winched Tara to her safety, where she was then checked over by the Scottish SPCA. Despite being a little tired, Tara was otherwise okay and returned to her paddock before a vet came to check on her.

Karen Hogg, Animal Rescue Officer from the Scottish SPCA said: “When I arrived there was a sea of firemen, who were absolutely brilliant.

“Once the horse was safe, my job was to get her cosy and make sure she got back up to a safe temperature.

“She’s now safely back in the field with her owner.”

The SSPCA quickly got to work making sure Tara was warm (Pic: SSPCA)

The SSPCA quickly got to work making sure Tara was warm (Pic: SSPCA)

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Station Manager Andy Buchan oversaw the operation and said: “This was a challenging incident and our firefighters did an outstanding job in very challenging conditions.

“We were able to use our specialist rescue skills and equipment to find a solution and, by working in close partnership with the vet, farmer and owner we were able to bring this to a safe conclusion.

“I would like to thank the crews for their professionalism to bring the incident to a safe and swift conclusion.

“We are glad to see Tara happy and back in her field.”

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