This is the dramatic moment firefighters saved a stranded horse from drowning in a freezing river after winching it to safety.
The half-tonne black and white nag became stuck in the icy waters of the River Soar at around midday on Tuesday (13/2).
Firefighters wearing dry suits used buoyancy aids to keep the terrified horse afloat and a Technical Rescue Unit was brought in to help a vet sedate the animal.
A local farmer and a team from the Environment Agency also used their tractors and a trailer to help lift the horse to safety with strops and a lifting bridle attached to its body.
The animal had entered the water from a field in Barrow-upon-Soar, Leics., and was submerged with just its head above the surface.
Crews from Loughborough and Birstall, along with a technical rescue crew from Leicester’s Southern fire station all attended the scene.
Chris Parsons, station manager at Loughborough fire station said“The horse was in the river about four fields away, so we had to get firefighters and equipment to it.
“The river had been in flood and the fields surrounding it were wet and muddy.
“Only the horse’s head was above water when we arrived.
“The river bed is made up of soft silt and mud so it couldn’t get out and we didn’t know how long it had been in there.
“We assisted the vet in sedating the horse and then put lifting strops and a lifting bridle underneath it.
“The animal was lifted onto the bank and into the hands of its grateful owner.
“We further assisted getting the animal to the vet’s as it was very cold and the owner got dry blankets to keep it warm.”
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Control earlier tweeted: “Another busy day at the office!”