This is another horse rescue story with a happy ending, thankfully, because of a group of men who were determined to save the young horse from certain death. No one knows just how the horse got into his predicament but this rescue was not without dangers to all involved. The men, all nearby farmers, did not hesitate to undertake the rescue of the horse from a deep sinkhole and muck and bog, becoming immediate local heroes in the process.
One of the men happened to see the horse in distress in what he referred to as a muddy pit in the marshes near Cheriton in north Gower, UK. He phoned his buddies for help and gathered together enough men to save the horse. They reached the horse on a quad bike and even that got stuck a few times. It became obvious that the rescue of the horse was going to be real struggle.
With grit and determination, the men used the quad, ropes and ladders. They managed to get straps securely around the horse and pulled with quad and muscle power until the horse was finally on solid ground. The men believe that the only reason the horse lived was because his front legs remained on ground outside of the sinkhole. This prevented the entire horse from sinking and submerging into the hole.
One of the men, Ken Drinkall, 33, fell into the dangerous quagmire, getting stuck up to his shoulders, and it became necessary for the group to save him, too. That hole was so deep and troublesome that both horse and man could easily have disappeared without a trace.
After everyone was safe and on solid ground, they put a stick into the sinkhole and measured the depth at 10 feet. They all agreed that they could not think of a worse way for an animal to die.
Bolstered by success in their first large animal rescue, they understand the importance of knowing how to save trapped animals. In fact, they are collectively considering the formation of a rescue service for trapped animals. There is a real need in their area, especially with the existence of all the marshes and bogs. They plan to hold an appeal to secure necessary equipment. Given proper gear, they could fill in some of the sinkholes and stop “70-80 percent of these things happening.”
Craig Lloyd, property developer from Northhill Farm in Cheriton explained about sinkholes:
Normally the water doesn’t come up high enough to drown animals, it’s because the animal struggles and its head goes beneath the water. So if you can get to it in time and keep its head above water you can save it.
The men are hopeful that there is support for Lloyd’s idea of a rescue service. This is Lloyd’s contact number: 07788 998522.