Duchess the horse rescued by firefighters in three-hour operation

Duchess was rescued in a three-hour operation Picture: ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Duchess was rescued in a three-hour operation Picture: ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE - Credit: ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

A 25-year-old horse called Duchess commanded attention on VE day after she fell in a ditch and fire crews spent three hours rescuing her.

Firefighters helping to rescue Duchess the horse from a ditch in Great Horkesley, near Colchester Pi

Firefighters helping to rescue Duchess the horse from a ditch in Great Horkesley, near Colchester Picture: ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE - Credit: ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Two fire engines and the animal rescue unit were called to a ditch off Terence Hall Chase in Great Horkesley, near Colchester, yesterday evening.

Duchess had fallen on her side into a ditch and was stuck – firefighters could not tell how long she had been there.

Crew manager Kieran Davis said they are used to seeing royalty on VE day – but this year a different kind of Duchess took centre stage.

“Working alongside a vet and the owner, we used lines and slings, attached to our Animal Rescue Unit, to pull and slide the horse out of the ditch,” he added.

The 25-year-old horse became stuck after falling in the ditch Picture: ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE

The 25-year-old horse became stuck after falling in the ditch Picture: ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE - Credit: ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

“Once she was out we waited about 20 minutes for the sedation to wear off and made sure she was able to get back on to her feet and go off to get her dinner.

“It’s always great to see the range of expertise and skills our firefighters have, and this is yet another example of the specialised work we do to keep our communities, even the four-legged ones, safe.”

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It took around three hours and several firefighters to bring Duchess to safety.

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