UPDATED: FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO RESCUE HORSE STUCK IN A HOLE AT HORSEBRIDGE HILL

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The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have been called to an incident at Horsebridge Hill in Newport this evening (Wednesday).

Fire appliances including the Animal Rescue Unit from Newport and a Land Rover from Ryde were called to the scene shortly before 18:00.

It is understood firefighters are working to rescue a horse that has become stuck down a hole.

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A fire officer is also on scene.

The road remains open under but traffic is heavy in the area so allow extra time for your journies – this may have a knock-on effect for Southern Vectis Route 1 buses.

UPDATE @ 19:05 – Green Watch, who started their shift at 18:00 have confirmed their colleagues from White Watch, who’s been on station since 09:00 this morning, are currently dealing with an animal rescue.

The horse’s owners family has told Island Echo that firefighters are trying to free the horse which has become stuck within a hole.

In an attempt to self-rescue, the horse has become extremely exhausted –  prompting the fire service response.

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The family go on to say:

“We are really grateful they [Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service] have turned out to help her.”

UPDATE @ 21:00 – Firefighters have now stood down from the incident leaving the horse in the care of a vet.

Alice, the horse, is 26-years-old and 17 hands high.

The stop message was received by Fire Control at 19:15.

UPDATE @ 22:20 Sadly, it has been confirmed that despite the firefighters’ and vet’s best efforts, Alice the horse has had to be put to sleep tonight.

A family member said her heart rate was so high, she was giving up.

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Ian
Ian
1 year ago

Still blocked at 1855 hrs go long way round to avoid delays !!!!

Richy
Richy
1 year ago

I hope the poor thing is ok, well done lads.

pete avery
pete avery
1 year ago

HOPE HORSE OK WHEN ALL SORTED OUT PLEASE GIVE HIM /HER SOME CARROTTS FOR ME XX

Golly
Golly
1 year ago

So sad!! Thoughts are with the family! X

Annie M K
Annie M K
1 year ago

How very sad, my condolences to you all.

Az-zahra Aziz
Az-zahra Aziz
1 year ago

A very sad end. Must be very hard for the firemen and women who took so much care in trying their best to help. I know I criticise the amount of fire personnel at times, but thank God we have them at times like this. Only wish it had a happy ending for all.

Siran63
Siran63
Reply to  Az-zahra Aziz
1 year ago

You criticise the amount of FS personnel?

Nikki
Nikki
Reply to  Az-zahra Aziz
1 year ago

How can the fire service be criticised? I really dont understand your comment..

Williams
Williams
1 year ago

Devastated. It’s horrible when all the best efforts are put in only for such an upsetting outcome. Massive heartfelt condolences to the owners and well done fire crew for doing your best as always. (hopefully no-one will post something derogatory about their efforts, as per usual.)
Rest in peace little horse, I’m sure you were well loved.

Magical mag
Magical mag
1 year ago

So sad for the family to lose there horse r.i.p. xxx

New
New
1 year ago

Awww I have horses this is awful send regards to you

Wendy
Wendy
1 year ago

So sad R I P Alice run free over rainbow bridge

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