Firefighters rescue trapped horse in Stonehaven

Crews worked with a local vet and SSPCA to help the trapped horse

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Firefighters battled to rescue a horse after it fell down a steep embankment in Stonehaven

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 1.07pm on Thursday, 23 February to the emergency in Cammachmore, Stonehaven

A total of nine fire appliances across the North - including a Heavy Rescue Unit and a specialist Rope Rescue team - were immediately mobilised to the scene.

The animal, named Tara, became stuck after she fell around 20 metres.

Firefighters took professional advice from the local vet and the SSPCA at the scene before moving to extract the animal.

The crews, who are skilled in rope rescue, used heavy duty durable canvas strops which were used to stabilise and secure the animal.

These strops were attached to a tractor and were assisted by the local farmer.

Firefighters had earlier tried to coax the animal up the cliff but she succumbed to fatigue.

After being sedated for her own safety, firefighters winched her carefully to safety.

The horse was then transferred to the care of the vet and its owner and after an initial assessment Tara was back to her usual self – running around her field.

Crews left the scene at 3.38pm.

Station Manager Andy Buchan oversaw the operation.

He said: “This was a challenging incident and our firefighters did an outstanding job in very challenging conditions.

“We were able to use our specialist rescue skills and equipment to find a solution and, by working in close partnership with the vet, farmer and owner we were able to bring this to a safe conclusion.

“I would like to thank the crews for their professionalism to bring the incident to a safe and swift conclusion.

“We are glad to see Tara happy and back in her field.”