Firefighters in California used a helicopter to rescue a horse after it ran away from its rider and became entangled in concrete rubble.
The Orange County Fire Authority said crews were summoned to San Juan Capistrano after a horse became spooked on a trail and fled from its rider, who was able to safely dismount.
“One of the most technical horse rescues we have performed.” Our technical rescue team, air operations crew, and our FF’s responded to a horse in San Juan Capistrano that was stuck on its back- wedged between pieces of jagged concrete and exposed rebar. pic.twitter.com/1TFhO58SuU
— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) July 6, 2021
The horse was found trapped on its back, wedged upside-down between pieces of concrete and exposed rebar. Rescuers said the equine may have fallen from a ledge about 6 feet above where it was found, or it might have fallen into its position while trying to pass under the ledge.
The horse was drugged by veterinarians and harnessed before being hoisted out of its situation by an OCFA chopper.
The horse was lowered to the ground and was able to stand on its own. It was brought to a veterinary clinic for additional evaluation and treatment.