The owner of a horse who fell into a deep sink hole has thanked the firefighters who “saved his life”.

Grey gelding ‘Buzz’ became trapped in the hole in his field in Smithams Hill, East Harptree, last week (24 February).

Firefighters were called to Buzz’s field after his owners became aware of his dangerous predicament.

Three crews attended the incident from Bedminster and Chew Magna.

Buzz was sedated by a vet so that he could be safely removed from the hole using animal rescue equipment.

“On behalf of my family, I would like to thank all the firefighters who came to the rescue of our fantastic horse Buzz,” said owner Nigel Sommerfield following the rescue.

“They all showed great team work and skill and certainly saved his life.”

Mr Sommerfield said that Buzz was doing well after the accident.

“All the signs are that he has come through the ordeal unscathed undoubtedly helped by the speed with which the team managed to get him out,” he added.

Second equine rescue

A week later (3 March), firefighters in Lincolnshire came to the aid of a pony trapped in a fast-flowing river.

The small grey had become stuck in the River Till at Broxholme.

The water came up to his knees and he could not escape due to the steep high banks surrounding the river.

Crews from Sailby Fire Staion and an animal rescue team from Louth were called to the incident at around 1.30pm and worked to free the pony from the water.

He was safely pulled from the river via the bank using strops, specialist animal rescue equipment and manpower.