Horse Trapped In Freezing Mud

26 February 2016, 13:23 | Updated: 26 February 2016, 13:24

A horse trapped in a ditch of freezing mud has been rescued by firefighters with help from the local farming community.

The animal, called Flash Dance, was crossing a small bridge at a farm in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, when she slipped and fell on Tuesday afternoon.

Despite the efforts of her owner Kath Mulholland and livery owner John McIntyre and his family, she remained stuck - becoming cold and exhausted.

There were fears the 440kg animal would have to be put down.

But the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) was called and a crew arrived to help rescue Flash Dance from 2ft of mud at the bottom of a slope.

They used an inflatable air bag to try and raise her to her feet but it kept sinking into the soft ground.

The crew sought help from a nearby farmer, and a digger was used to scoop away mud and allow the firefighters to secure ropes around her body and hoist her clear.

She was tired, cold and dirty but otherwise uninjured, SFRS said.

Ms Mulholland, 58, thanked all those involved in the rescue.

"The firefighters would not give up. They were fantastic,'' she added.

Station manager Eddie Kelly said: "This was a challenging and time-critical operation. Flash Dance was stuck in deep mud, on a slope, and she was tired, exhausted and very cold.

"We were able to use our specialist rescue skills and equipment to find a solution and, by working with the local farming community, were able to free Flash Dance and reunite her with her owner. The assistance given to us was invaluable.''