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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



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