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Oakley the horse rescued from a muddy river by Hampshire and Surrey crews

Animal rescue firefighters from Hampshire were called to assist firefighters in Surrey with a horse rescue late last night


The specialist crews from Winchester and Overton were mobilised shortly before midnight following reports of a horse stuck in a river near West Byfleet.


Along with an HIWFRS animal rescue advisor and a local vet, the crews used mud paths to reach the cold and distressed horse, and rescue equipment to remove Oakley from the 4ft deep mud he was stuck in.


Firefighters displayed great teamwork to execute the complicated rescue, before Oakley was safely returned to his warm stable.


Crews left the scene and returned to Hampshire following the stop message shortly after 4am.