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Crews rescue horse from river near Woodburn

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Crews from Monitor Rural Fire District #58 say the horse in the Pudding River is not in distriss but is still in 3 to 4 feet of water. (Monitor Rural Fire District #58) Crews from Monitor Rural Fire District #58 say the horse in the Pudding River is not in distriss but is still in 3 to 4 feet of water. (Monitor Rural Fire District #58)
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Crews from Monitor Rural Fire District #58 along with the Woodburn Fire Department rescued a horse that went down an embankment and into the Pudding River.

According to a tweet by the Monitor Fire District, the crews had the swift water team on standby to assist with the rescue.

According to Capt. Chris Cohoon with Monitor Fire, the 9-year-old horse was in water that is 3 to 4 feet deep. The animal belongs to a horse rescue and had been missing for about a week.

The horse was near a soft bank, making it difficult for the animal to walk out of the river by itself. Rescue crews planned to bridle the horse to lead it to a bank where it can get out of the river.

Crews from more local agencies, including Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and the Clackamas County Fire District #1, assisted with the rescue.

Scott Brawner with Tualatin Valley Fire & rescue said the horse was stuck in a peninsula near a soft bank which made it hard for crews to reach it.

"The biggest safety hazard was just the mud. She was stuck in the mud and then we were stuck in the mud. So just trying to get her out of the mud and then us in a safe area to get harnesses around her belly and around her head was difficult just because of the mud she was in."

Capt. Cohoon said the horse was not in distress, but that this is the second time in the past year crews have had to rescue a horse like this.

After about 3 hours, crews were able to safely get the horse out of the water. The horse will be fine but is tired, according to firefighters.

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