Horse rescued from water by Marion County firefighters

MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- Walter the horse looked a little worse for wear but was otherwise okay after Marion County Fire Rescue pulled him from algae-infested waters in Umatilla.

In a post on Facebook, MCFR wrote that Walter and his rider were riding near Nelson's Fish Camp when the horse was spooked. Walter began to back into the green murky levy, which forced the rider to jump from his mount.

Walter became stuck but was able to keep his head above the surface until MCFR officials arrived around 10:49 a.m. on Saturday.




Firefighters arrived to see Walter in distress, prompting calls to the MCFR Technical Rescue Team, ATV units from MCFR station No. 4.and the University of Florida Large Animal Rescue team. 

The MCFR Technical Rescue team was able to put a harness on Walter, facilitating the rescue and pulled the horse out of the muck.UF Large Animal Rescue team was called off.

With Walter safely pulled out, he was able to stand on his own four legs, with only some minor cuts to show of his ordeal. 

MCFR congratulated all who were involved in the rescue, the second in 30 days, according to the Facebook post. On September 28, MCFR rescued a horse from a pond in Micanopy.

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