LAKE VIEW TERRACE - Los Angeles Firefighters safely rescued a horse that was stuck in water and mud near Hansen Dam Aquatic Center.
At 5 p.m. a swift and carefully coordinated rescue ensued near 11798 Foothill Boulevard, where a large horse was in water with half of its body covered, and unable to exit on his own due to three of his legs being stuck in the mud below.
Over 40 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Jack Wise, worked from the ground and air to rescue the animal, approximately 10 of which entered the water, concentrating efforts on keeping the horse's head above water during the rescue operation. Firefighters utilized 4x4 vehicles, carriers, back boards that float, and two-line rope systems. The Dart Team, a unique group including a veterinarian, responded tremendously fast and tranquilized the horse with a sedative while firefighters used manpower and rope systems to safely bring him to the shoreline. Then in a coordinated effort, a harness was placed around the weakened horse, and a LAFD helicopter lifted the him to dry land at a near by baseball field.
Recent rains beautify many areas of Los Angeles, but firefighters warn people not to ride horses in areas you can't walk. River beds become especially wet, and there are unforeseen hazards lurking under the water. Just six inches of water is enough to knock a person off their feet.
Animal rescues not only save the animal in danger but stops owners and bystanders from endangering themselves in a feudal effort to save the animal.
Chief Wise stated, "Not only did our firefighters do an outstanding job, but we want to thank the LA City Lifeguards from the Aquatic Center, General Services Police and others that assisted prior to our arrival."
Dispatched Units: E298 T98 RH114 BC12 RA898 UR88 HR56 E91 T75 E275 T90 E290 RA91 BP98 BP74 H2 H1 T88 E288 RA909 TP3 DZ12 DT2
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department