Monday, 25 July 2011
All shook up!
Elvis has a dedicated team of British firefighters to thank for his rescue after sinking up to his neck in a mud pit.
Elvis would have drowned had he sunk just another few centimetres in the bog.
Elvis' grateful owner, Maggie Hill, was over the moon at the success of the two-hour rescue effort, saying she thought she was going to lose her horse.
"I cannot praise the crews enough for what they did. I didn't think there was any chance they'd manage to pull him out alive but they did."They were absolutely brilliant, true gentlemen and I am extremely grateful to them."
Fire crews from the West Midlands Fire Service specialist technical rescue team found the 14-hand pony up to his neck when they turned out to the call.
Specialist crews first arrived on scene at Hillfields Farm, Allesley, Coventry, at 12.28pm on Wednesday to find Elvis in serious trouble
Watch manager Pete Drummond, who was first to the scene, said: "I left the vehicle and ran the quarter-mile distance through woodland tracks to get to the horse, as we heard from the owner that he was now almost fully submerged.
"With the assistance of my crew, three potential rescue plans were put in place. The horse was clearly in distress and it was crucial that we acted quickly to get him out alive."
Technician James Halton donned a dry suit and jumped into the 20-metre square mud pit and, assisted by colleagues, technicians McGreavy, Deadman and Howard managed to shovel away enough mud from around the horse to fit strops in place underneath his stomach and around his front legs.