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    Rescue units descend on horse in Centennial Park

 

Centennial Park has become the scene of a horse rescue operation with the NSW Police Mounted Police, Police from the Hunter and Illawarra regions and NSW Fire & Rescue descending on Musgrave Pond. But was all as it seemed?

An intense operation saw the assembled emergency personnel pulling a 350 kilogram horse from the water. With one slight twist – the horse was plastic!

One of the roles Centennial Park often plays is as a space for emergency services to simulate and practice rescue and operations – sometimes up our trees and sometimes in our waterways.

This particular operation was testing rescue personnel pulling a horse from a waterway – a valuable experience particularly for the Hunter Valley Police who patrol country and regional areas that are heavily populated with horses.

 

 

The prone horse is found in the waterway by rescuers

The prone horse is found in the waterway by rescuers

 

Pulling a 350 kg waterlogged animal out of the water is no mean feat!

Pulling a 350 kg waterlogged animal out of the water is no mean feat!

 

The horse is pulled up onto the pond bank

The horse is pulled up onto the pond bank

 

And once out of harms way, the ropes can be released and rescue declared a success

And once out of harms way, the ropes can be released and rescue declared a success

 

It’s actually quite a fascinating and inspiring thing to watch emergency personnel at work. Luckily we watched them in training.

Please note, this is now my second pun-free blog involving animals. Surely I canter done better.

 

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