Foal rescued from River Clyde

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The tiny animal was only one day old when it got into difficulty


A NEWBORN foal was rescued by firefighters yesterday (thurs) after it fell into the River Clyde.

The day-old animal named Mischief got into difficulty after it fell down an embankment near Lower Carbarns Farm in Wishaw, Lanarkshire.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service immediately deployed its water rescue specialists following the alert at 1.12pm.

Expert swift water swimmers, tethered to shore via safety lines, then utilised a rescue sled to act as a life-raft for the foal and bring it safely to shore.

Station Manager Stuart McQueen said: “This was a challenging incident that needed our crews to draw on a lot of skills combined with gentle handling.

“This foal was a delicate newborn, no doubt in distress not just from its predicament but also being apart from its mother.

“On top of that it was faced with the cold water of the River Clyde.

“In this case, it was our swift water rescue specialists who reached the foal – drawing on their skills in swimming, ropes and teamwork to return this frail baby to its family injury-free.

“We are equipped to respond to many different types of rescue and I would like to thank the crews and our partners at the Scottish SPCA for their professionalism to bring the incident to a safe and swift conclusion.”