A HORSE has been rescued after being stuck in a water filled rhyne.

A special rescue unit from Bridgwater, an advisory officer and a fire engine from Somerton were sent to Black Bridge in Huish Episcopi yesterday (September 23) at 9.32am.

The horse was fatigued and could not get out of the rhyne so a mechanical digger was needed to help.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “On arrival the crews wore dry suits and used water rescue equipment to enter the rhyne in order to attempt to lead the horse out of the rhyne.

“Unfortunately due to being extremely fatigued the horse was unable to get itself out.

“The owner was in attendance with the horse and had contacted a vet to attend for its welfare.

“Luckily the crew were able to gain use of a mechanical digger to assist the horse out of the water and onto dry land where it was examined by the vet then handed back to the care of its owner.”