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Crews pull horse out of Jordan River

Crews pull horse out of Jordan River

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Aug. 28, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.

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MIDVALE — A horse had to be rescued from the Jordan River Sunday night.

About 7:50 p.m., a horse walking along the banks of the Jordan River, near 8350 South, lost his footing after part of the bank gave way and fell into the water.

At first, only the horse's head was above the water, said West Jordan Fire Battalion Chief Steve Holmes.

The horse was carried a short distance away to about 7800 South where he was able to gain his footing and the water was about chest deep, he said.

Swift water rescue crews from the West Jordan, South Jordan and Murray Fire Departments and the Unified Fire Authority were called to the scene. UFA also used a firefighter who specialized in large animal rescues.

As of 8:45 p.m., Holmes said he believed crews were close to getting the animal out of the river. They hoped since the water was chest deep that they'd now be able to walk him out.

Officials do not believe a rider was on the horse at the time of the accident.

Pat Reavy


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