Firefighters spent three hours rescuing horse Molly from River Douglas

Firefighters spent three hours rescuing horse Molly from River Douglas

Crews from Wigan Fire Station and specialist water rescue teams from Eccles and Heywood fire stations were called to the river at Martland Mill Lane, Martland Park, at 10.30am on Tuesday, July 10.

Firefighters discovered that a horse had got into the river but could not get out - not even with the help of the RSPCA who requested the help of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Both water incident crews went into the river and used four ropes to secure the horse, which was a 16-year-old called Molly.

The horse was moved down the river to find a suitable spot for it to be led out as some of the banking where it had originally been standing was very steep.

The horse was then walked out of the river and to safety by the crews.

Station Manager Ben Levy said: "The RSPCA requested our support so we sent the two water incident units and a regular crew from Wigan, to make sure no one was injured rescuing the horse.

"It took three hours in total to rescue the mare - Molly - from the 5ft river. It was quite deep because the river was flooded due to the heavy rain we've had recently.

"We used inflated fire hose to create a barrier to guide Molly to a safe area before getting strops round her.

"The rescue was difficult not only due to flooded river but also because of the very steep and muddy banks - but she came out and is safe and well thanks to the efforts of our crews and the RSPCA."