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How the London Fire Brigade saved a horse called Snoopy from drowning in Erith

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The London Fire Brigade save a horse called Snoopy from drowning in marshland at Erith: Image: London Fire Brigade

The London Fire Brigade has saved a horse from drowning in muddy water after it began sinking in marshland near Moat Lane, Erith.

They recorded the entire operation with cameras.

The 14 hands high horse, called Snoopy, had escaped from a nearby field on Thursday morning (29/01/2014).

Firefighters used mud paths to get to the animal and specialist crews used large animal rescue equipment to bring the horse to the surface.

Station Manager Barry Wakefield, who was at the scene, said:

It appears that Snoopy had been in the deep muddy water all night and when firefighters arrived it was very close to drowning. Fire crews worked in tricky conditions, crossing a stream and using mud paths to get to the horse out.

Snoopy was cold, wet and hungry but it doesn’t seem to have any lasting injuries. Firefighters did a fantastic job and this incident shows how varied our work is.

The Brigade was called at 1007 and the horse was out of the water by 1158.

Fire crews from Bexley and Dagenham attended with specialist animal rescue equipment.

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