FIREFIGHTERS and farmers have rescued a horse stuck up to its shoulders in water on the Somerset Levels.

A fire crew from Cheddar joined forces with a specialist rescue vehicle from Bridgwater to help the horse from the rhyne.

The incident was shortly after 8am on Sunday morning (October 25) at Jacks Drove, Heath House, in Wedmore.

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A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Fire crews rescued the horse, which was approximately 16 hands and 600kg, from the water-filled ditch using water safety equipment, lifting-tackle and the assistance of a local telehandler.

"A vet was also in attendance and sedated the fatigued horse."