Three-hour horse rescue in Aldsworth

Fire and rescue officers spent more than three hours rescuing a horse which had become trapped in a cesspit.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue was called to land off Emsworth Common Road in Aldsworth just after 12.30pm on Friday, November 11.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s specialist animal rescue team was also sent to deal with the rescue.

The cesspit was pumped out using a submersible pump, and a vet had to be called in to sedate the horse to stop it from becoming too distressed.

The top of the cesspit was then cut away using an electric saw and small tools, while the horse had to be lifted out of the cesspit using special equipment.

The horse was then checked at the scene by a vet before being taken to stables.