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Dublin: 17°C Sunday 7 August 2022

Five horses rescued from freezing River Shannon

A local charity has praised Leitrim Civil Defence who helped with the rescue.

Updated 15:33


(Image: Hungry Horse Outside/Facebook)

FIVE HORSES WERE rescued from the river Shannon yesterday after getting into trouble in the cold waters near Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim.

The horses were spotted by a passer-by who managed to get two of them to safety but a spokesperson for local charity Hungry Horse Outside said that the other three were “in severe difficulty”.

Volunteers realised they could not get the horses out without a boat and they called in the Leitrim Civil Defence for help.


(Image: Hungry Horse Outside/Facebook)

Caroline Spillane, of Hungry Horse Outside, said the civil defence volunteers are “unsung heroes” who managed to rescue the three remaining horses from the freezing water.

“Without their help, today it would be corpses of horses we would be receiving reports about,” she said.

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A video on the the organisation’s Facebook Page shows one of the horses shivering with the cold after being saved.


View the video here

Spillane told that the charity had thought they knew who the owners of the horses were but no one is claiming ownership and they will have to trace microchips to determine whether the animals have been abandoned.

First published 14:30

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