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Horse rescued from creek

Published 19/11/2013

Eleven volunteers from Woodend State Emergency Service (SES) rescued a horse from a creek on Monday night.

SES volunteers accompanied the animal's owner, friends and a local vet at 8.30pm to a creek in Crows Road, Woodend, where they found the tired, distressed horse having stumbled in, unable to get out. 

The horse had fallen down an embankment and was standing in about five feet of water.

Woodend SES Controller, Luke Dam, said the SES response, along with the teamwork shown by all involved, was great, with the horse successfully rescued by about 10:30pm.

“This is a great outcome that could have been very different if it was in the colder part of the year,” he said.

“Access to the location could have been severely hampered if it was winter with significant rain that is often encountered in the area,” he said.

This financial year has seen the Woodend Unit respond to over 119 requests for assistance from the community thus far.

Anyone interested in joining the SES should check out the Volunteer page for more information. Volunteers received comprehensive training in a wide range of tasks including searches, wind and storm Damage repairs, road rescue, chainsaws operation and emergency management.