News

Experts join forces to save horse from well

LUCKY ESCAPE: The dramatic rescue of Comet after the horse fell down a well.
LUCKY ESCAPE: The dramatic rescue of Comet after the horse fell down a well. Contributed

RSPCA staff, Queensland Fire and Rescue teams from Bundaberg and Maryborough, a local vet and a New South Wales rescue expert have pulled off a dramatic rescue of a horse after it fell down a well.

The 21-year-old Arab gelding Comet and his owner Kim Hyam will be counting their lucky stars after Comet came through the four-hour rescue exhausted, but with just one cut.

Ms Hyam said she went to feed her four horses on the South Isis property before work on Wednesday morning and noticed only three had come to greet her.

Comet laid still for about 10 minutes after being pulled from the well and then he jumped up.
Comet laid still for about 10 minutes after being pulled from the well and then he jumped up.

"The well was only about six feet deep but he'd gotten himself so stuck.

"I didn't know the well was there and obviously neither did he, but he must have walked over it looking for grass, and fell in."

Ms Hyam said she had no idea how she was going to get Comet out, firstly calling the police and the SES, But it was Queensland Fire and Rescue which was able to assist and got in contact with the RSPCA.

"They were amazing - they all did a wonderful job," she said.

"Once he was out he lay there for about 10 minutes and the vet tried to get some fluid into him, then he jumped up looking for his friends.

"His legs were a bit shaky and he might be a bit tender, but apart from one cut on his leg he's in really good nick."

RSPCA Wide Bay inspector Penny Flaherty said the rescuers used winches, pulleys and manpower to pull the horse free.

"The fire and rescue teams had all the equipment - it was a real team effort," she said.

Ms Flaherty said the rescue highlighted the skills required to successfully free animals from such situations.

"People should never use a tractor or vehicle; it should only ever be manpower," she said.

"If the pulling puts too much pressure on the animal, it needs to be stopped immediately or it can be horrific."

Kim Hyam shares the good news that her horse Comet has been rescued.
Kim Hyam shares the good news that her horse Comet has been rescued. Max Fleet BUNCHL

Topics:  animals rescues



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

The cheap local servo drivers cross town for

KEEPING IT LOCAL: Liberty Service Station, Bargara.

Owners pride themselves on "keeping it local”

Mammino Ice Cream creator joyful to the end

THE FUN ONE: Anthony Mammino, pictured on his macadamia farm, was "always encouraging mischief”.

Family opens up on ice cream creator's lymphoma battle

OUR SAY: 1am lockout laws not the answer to pub violence

Often the drinking starts well before the club or hotel.

Mandatory scanning at clubs and last drinks laws better option

Local Partners

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Meet the new Marco on MasterChef Australia: Yotam Ottolenghi

Israeli-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi will be a guest chef for a week on the 2017 season of MasterChef Australia.

AFTER Marco’s defection to Seven, MasterChef signs a true food hero.

Big Bang spin-off to be about kid Sheldon

Jim Parsons in a scene from the TV series The Big Bang Theory.

Actor Jim Parsons has dished on an upcoming Big Bang Theory spin-off

How Adam Brand’s Nashville dream fell apart

Country music singer Adam Brand talks about how heartbreak stopped him chasing his Nashville dream.

SINGER reveals how heartbreak stopped him from chasing his dream.

What's on the small screen this week

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

STAR-studded Australia Day celebrations and fascinating docos.

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

New Coastline Realty owners have wealth of experience

COASTLINE REALTY: Emma Bauer and Charlie Winten.

Passion, strong local knowledge and a commitment to the local region

Bundaberg market set for "steady growth” in 2017

CoreLogic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 9.6% to $249,000 and the median unit price fell 10.2% to $260,500 in the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 9.6% to $249,000 in three months

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!