Multiple counties combine rescue efforts to save horse that fell in river

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Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:35 pm | Updated: 10:36 am, Fri Aug 16, 2013.

HENDRY COUNTY, FL. - Law enforcement from multiple counties came together Monday to rescue a horse that fell into a river and could not get out.

A Charlotte County Sheriff's agriculture deputy was contacted on Monday around 2:30 p.m. by the Region-6 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Team in order to assist with a horse that had fallen into the Caloosahatchee River near Fort Denaud.

The horse could not climb back up the steep 10-foot embankment and if it was not for a passing boater the horse could have drown or starved.

Once on the scene, the men assembled an A-frame and used ropes and pulley systems to lift the horse out of the hole.

Officials from Charlotte, Collier, Lee and Hendry counties all assisted in the rescue. Additional assistance was also provided by the Alva Fire Department, LCSO Marine Unit and a veterinary doctor.

Once the horse was back on dry land it was inspected by the vet and released back into its pasture.

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