Horse Rescued From Swimming Pool

At approximately 8.30am on August 8th Dorset Fire and Rescue Service received a 999 call to attended an animal rescue in Motcombe near Shaftesbury.

Crews from Shaftesbury and an animal rescue teams from Poole attended.

A 25 year old male horse, called Apollo, had escaped from his field during the night. With a cover on the swimming pool it is believed Apollo thought this was firm ground and fell through the cover.

He was stuck in a metre of water. Crews pumped the water out of the swimming pool and laid down boarding and hay to make a ramp for Apollo. He was then led to safety by his owners and fire crews.

Station Manager Andy Fox, who attended this incident said:

"Crews did a really good job and we were really pleased to be able to assist Apollo and his owners. Unfortunately Apollo sustained some minor injuries to his back legs after falling into the pool, but when we left him he was being treated on site by the vet."

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