Horse believed to be in stable condition after firefighter rescue

PUBLISHED: 09:58 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:59 29 November 2013

Five fire crews helped rescued a "tired and cold" horse from a brook in Erith yesterday.

Erith Fire Brigade were called at 11.30am to the scene near Ray Lamb, but had no idea how the mare ended up in the water.

Neigh-bouring crews from Sidcup, Plumstead, Lewisham and Bexley fire stations were also at the scene.

Station Manager Graham Coles from Erith Fire Station said: “We’ve no idea how the mare ended up in the brook but it’s likely that it had been in there all night.

“Thankfully she was finally spotted by a passing truck driver who called the Brigade.

“The water was up to the horses back and a firefighter got in and put a head harness around it. With a bit of coaxing and a gentle pull we got her out of there.”

“We left it with officers from the RSPCA and a local vet.”

A tweet from London Fire Brigade later revealed the horse had been named Ray by firefighters.

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