Horse stuck in mud near Hansen Dam airlifted to safety
Using a two-line rope system and tools including backboards and plywood, firefighters carried the male horse about 20 feet to shore, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. The horse was tranquilized to make the process easier.
Once on land, it was carried by helicopter to a nearby baseball field for further care, Scott said.
More than 40 firefighters worked on the rescue effort, which lasted about four hours and also involved L.A. lifeguards from the nearby Hansen Dam Aquatic Center and General Services Police. Scott said the owner was riding the horse on a riverbed that had become muddy from recent rains when the horse became stuck.
The rescue team worked to keep the horse’s head afloat during the process to prevent it from drowning.
"It’s not only to save the life of that animal but also to prevent those who are going after it that are untrained from being injured," Scott said.
-- Victoria Kim
Photo: Rescue crews move a horse stuck in mud and water to safety. Credit: Los Angeles Fire Department