South Whidbey Fire/EMS personnel work Sunday to remove a horse stuck in the mud. (Contributed photo)

South Whidbey Fire/EMS personnel work Sunday to remove a horse stuck in the mud. (Contributed photo)

Rescuers save horse from neck-deep mud on Whidbey Island

The equine, who was stranded in a marshy area near Lone Lake, wasn’t the only animal rescue of the week.

LANGLEY — South Whidbey firefighters extracted a horse stuck up to her neck in mud from a marshy area near Lone Lake on Sunday morning.

The owners found the animal after searching for two hours that morning when she didn’t arrive at the feeding area, according to an incident report.

“It was scared and wanted out,” Deputy Fire Chief Wendy Moffatt said.

The first responders dug around the horse to release some of the mud’s suction, then used a tractor and straps to lift and pull her out, Moffatt said. The yearling had last been seen the night before, so she had been stuck between three and 12 hours.

Moffatt said the rescue benefited from many of the firefighters’ personal experience owning or riding the animals.

“It was really nice to have firefighters that know about horses to be able to help manage and help calm it down,” Moffatt said. “It’s something we don’t train on.”

That wasn’t the only animal rescue of the week on the island.

On Monday morning, firefighters were called out to save a dog that had fallen 75 feet down a steep bluff off Fox Spit Road. Responders arrived with a rope rescue team to retrieve the schnauzer, according to South Whidbey Fire Deputy Chief Jon Beck.

While the crew was putting on their harnesses, a Hanson’s Building Supply employee who had been working nearby appeared over the hill with the dog. The employee had been off-loading materials and could hear the whimpering over the hillside, Beck said.

He managed to walk down a path on a neighboring lot and traverse across the hillside to where the small dog was stuck.

“The Hanson guy saved the day,” Beck said.

This story originally appeared in the South Whidbey Record, a sibling paper to The Daily Herald.

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