Horse trapped in flooded Salem field rescued

Horse trapped in flooded Salem field rescued

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 12:40 PM

SALEM – Firefighters in Salem rescued a horse that was stuck in a barbed wire fence in 4 feet of water in the middle of a flooded field Sunday morning.

“Ace,” a 9-year-old quarter horse paint had its legs tangled in the barbwire in the field near 6096 Juniper Ct. A man spotted the horse about 100 feet out in the flooded field with water up to its neck and tried to help the horse, according to Patrick Wineman with the Marion County Fire District.

Photos: Horse rescued from frigid Marion County waters

The bystander couldn’t get the horse free and had to get out of the water. An ambulance showed up to treat the man for possible hypothermia while crews from the Salem Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team moved in to help the horse.

After almost an hour, the horse was freed. Veterinarians treated “Ace” for minor injuries.

The horse’s owner, Robert Alexander Jr. said he "very thankful for the quick response and actions of the fire department to help his horse."

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