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Firefighters help foal to safety and reunite him with mother

Borough: Wigan

Incident Date: 18 April 2015

A ONE-day-old foal found itself in deep trouble when it fell down a manhole in Wigan.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) received the report at 11.22am on Saturday, April 18, 2015, to attend a farm on Close Lane, Hindley.

Firefighters from nearby Hindley Fire Station went to the rescue Little Moon, the new-born colt, that had fallen into the seven-foot deep hole.

GMFRS Crew Manager Mike Broadley said: “We arrived at the farm to find the foal trapped at the bottom of the manhole blocked in by a concrete slab that had also fallen in.  He was unable to get out or even stand up.

“We quickly got our strops off the engine and one of the firefighters went down the hole to move the concrete and secure the strops around the foal so we could lift it out.

“Being only a day old understandably the colt’s mum was worried for her baby and stayed nearby during the rescue.  I think it’s safe to say she was over the moon with our efforts and it was nice to see the pair trot off together.”

Little Moon is doing well and his owner is thankful for what firefighters did to bring him to safety. 

Photo below of Little Moon with his mum, Libby (courtesy of their owner)



Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:40
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