Video: Alachua County rescuers save exhausted horse from drowning

Body camera footage shows horse in retention pond.
Rescue workers stabilize the horse's head before pulling him free.
Courtesy Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Alachua County sheriff deputies, fire rescue and La Crosse Fire Rescue saved a drowning horse from a retention pond in northwest side of the county on Tuesday.  

The exhausted horse was sideways in the pond and couldn’t keep its head clear of the water, according to a sheriff’s office post. Rescue workers jumped into the pond to hold the horse’s head above water.  

The rest of the responders decided to pull the horse out with a winch and makeshift harness from a 6-inch strap. Once in position, the team started the winch and pulled the horse free.  

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After lying on the ground for a time, the horse regained strength and began walking around again to cheers from the responders.  

“Get away from that water, buddy. There you go,” a rescuer said while leading the horse away. 

Law enforcement reunited the horse with its owner and said there appeared to be no injuries. 

Rescue personnel save a horse from drowning in northwest Alachua County.

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