Horse rescued from canal after fall

Horse Rescue: Pictures from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
Horse Rescue: Pictures from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Firefighters carried out an unusual rescue after a horse and its rider ended up in the canal along the Offchurch Greenway.

Soda, a Piebald mare pony slipped off the towpath and into the Grand Union Canal on Wednesday afternoon.

Horse Rescue: Pictures from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Horse Rescue: Pictures from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Despite the rider being unhurt and able to climb onto the towpath to safety, Soda was left stuck in the water and fire crews from Leamington and the Animal Rescue Unit from Rugby were called to help get her to safety.

A team used a tractor and supports to lift the horse free, and she was not hurt by the ordeal.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: “The rider suffered no injuries, however Soda was unable to get out of the water on her own and it is thanks to the rider’s quick response and with the help of crews, Soda was safely pulled out of the water by a harness.

“This is just one of the ways we are working to help keep our residents and animals of Warwickshire safe.”

Horse Rescue: Pictures from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Horse Rescue: Pictures from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service