WEST Sussex Fire and Rescue’s Technical Rescue Unit (TRU) was called to Heyshott last night - after a horse fell into a swimming pool.
The fire service received a call at 5.50pm last night (April 1) after reports a horse had fallen into a swimming pool at the rear of a house in The Street, Heyshott.
The young mare had escaped through a gate and ended up in the pool, which had a green cover over the top.
Four TRU officers and a vet attended the scene.
This was one of the first operational outings for the service’s new Unimog, a versatile all terrain multi-purpose vehicle specially equipped to deal with difficult and specialist rescues.
Crew commander Adrian Kirk Patrick said: “I got the call at 5.50pm last night to say a horse was stuck in a swimming pool in Heyshott.
“My team had been doing water course training in Shoreham all day.
“I phoned the person who had reported the incident and found out the situation - it was a young horse which had through a gate into the garden.
“The pool had a green cover over the top of it - which to the horse would have looked like grass.
“The Unimog, which we got just under a year ago, is fully prepared for animal rescue. Previously we would have had to call on Hampshire or East Sussex, so we cut the time down drastically.”
The pool had a green cover over the top of it - which to the horse would have looked like grass
Officers left the scene at 7.40pm and a spokesman for the fire service said Maisie has recovered following her dramatic rescue.
The TRU, based in Horley, deals with specialist and difficult incidents including animal rescues and rescues from height. The Unimog can drive and operate in water up to depths of 1.2 metres, making it an extremely useful response vehicle in flood conditions