• Tony Bosworth

Video - Hawkesbury SES rescue Pebbles from septic tank


Watch how the Hawkesbury SES unit rescue Pebbles, a seven-year-old show jumping mare, who experienced a sudden sinking feeling when she got herself stuck in a septic tank at Freemans Reach.

The SES team worked with veterinarian, Amélie from Agnes Banks Equine Clinic, to sedate the mare while the rescue team rigged her for a Forward Skid Technique using a vehicle mounted winch.

A large plastic sheet called a Glide Sheet was carefully placed under Pebbles to allow her to safely slide up and out of the tank.

When everyone was ready, and the sling was taking her weight, Pebbles was given a general anaesthetic to allow the rescue team to carefully slide her up and out of the tank, and onto a Rescue Glide - a large plastic stretcher.

The team then skidded the Rescue Glide out into the middle of the paddock to allow the mare to safely come out of the general anaesthetic.

Th SES says here's what you should do if your horse gets into a similar situation

1. Stay calm 2. Call your VET 3. Call triple zero and ask for Police (as they coordinate rescue in NSW) and tell them your horse is trapped and needs rescuing.

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