On Wednesday 13 March firefighters rushed to the aid of a horse trapped underneath a tree felled by Storm Gareth.
A member of the public called the fire service after seeing the horse and realising she couldn’t free herself. A specialist technical rescue crew from Cleckheaton rushed to the scene in West Yorkshire, where they found the mare, Jager, struggling to get up.
The complicated rescue took specialist rescue units as it involved large tree branches and live electrical cables.
It took a few hours but luckily Jager was able to be released successfully with only minor injuries, and has since been reunited with her owners. As you can see from the photos, it’s a miracle that she wasn’t more severely injured, she was almost completely crushed by the tree.
The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “A big shout out to our technical rescue crew who helped rescue Jager the horse during some windy conditions this morning. Happily Jager is now back on her feet.”
The Cheltenham Festival was also under threat – the high winds and stormy weather almost postponed the meet, but the course passed inspection and the show went on.
Storm Gareth is continuing to hit the UK with 75mph gusts being reported by the Met Office.
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