Horse who became stuck in a sinkhole is rescued by fire crews

Horse who became stuck in a sinkhole is rescued by fire crews

January 10, 2023

Now that’s horsepower! Steed named Prince who became stuck after falling into a sinkhole is rescued by fire crews who pulled him free

  • Prince was walking in a field in Mirfield, near Huddersfield, when he disappeared
  • The 27-year-old Chestnut stallion was then discovered wedged in a sinkhole
  • Fire crews used a digger to carve open a trench close to where he was trapped 
  • They then used a rope to help tug the stricken animal out of the hole unharmed

This is the moment a horse had to be rescued by fire crews after becoming trapped in a sinkhole in West Yorkshire.

Prince was walking in the field at Calder Farm Equestrian in Mirfield, near Huddersfield, when he disappeared – only to later be discovered wedged in the hole.

Firefighters were called and a Technical Rescue Team worked with a vet to put a head collar on the 27-year-old Chestnut stallion, cover his eyes and put cotton wool in his ears to help keep him calm.

Crews, assisted by vets and the horse’s owner, first used a digger to carve open a shallow trench close to where Prince was trapped.

A horse had to be rescued by fire crews after becoming trapped in a sinkhole in West Yorkshire

Prince was walking in the field at Calder Farm Equestrian in Mirfield, near Huddersfield, when he disappeared – only to later be discovered wedged in the hole

The team worked with a vet to put a head collar on the 27-year-old animal, cover his eyes and put cotton wool in his ears to help keep him calm

The horse was sedated as an excavator from a nearby business was used to create an escape route out of the sink hole

And a stunning clip then showed four of the servicemen using a rope to help tug the stricken animal out of the hole, which thankfully emerged completely unharmed. 

Technical rescue officer and station manager Damian Cameron said: ‘A sink hole can be caused by a number of things, from old mines to running water. 

‘We’ve had similar incidents in the past where cows have got stuck in sink holes and we do have the option of putting slings around them and lifting them out.

‘However, we felt this could be dangerous for Prince and so we opted to dig him out instead.

‘Once Prince was had been sedated, we started to work on getting him out and back to the surface.

‘By that point his legs were a bit numb and he still had a bit of climbing to do, but he managed to get out fairly quickly – the whole rescue took less than an hour.

‘A number of years ago we carried out a rescue in the adjacent woodland when a horse had become stuck in a ditch, so the centre knew that calling the fire service was the best thing to do. 

‘Prince was checked and thankfully recovered from his ordeal with no injuries – we were thrilled to be able to reunite Prince with his owner.’

Prince’s owner, Helen Tempest, said the fire crews were ‘absolutely amazing’

The sink hole horse Prince was rescued from by West Yorkshire F&R’s technical rescue team

Helen Tempest, who lives in Wyke and works in logistics in Huddersfield, is the horse’s owner.

She said: ‘Prince was my first pony and he is the most relaxed horse I’ve ever dealt with.

‘Because of his age we just ride him once a week, he is so calm and has never got in trouble before. We couldn’t believe it when he got stuck in the sink hole, it was in the middle of a field he goes into every day and there have never been any problems.

‘The fire crews were absolutely amazing. I had no idea what to do and the crew came and took control, worked quickly and efficiently and were so good with Prince. 

‘I really can’t thank them enough. Prince has come out of it totally fine and is out on a different field today.’

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