Brave Woman Clung To Her Trapped Horse For Three Hours Keeping His Head High In A Race Against The Tide

Brave Woman Clung To Her Trapped Horse For Three Hours Keeping His Head High In A Race Against The Tide

This was the terrifying moment a brave young mother battled to keep her beloved horse calm as sea water closed in on the animal after he became trapped in mud ‘like quicksand’. Exhausted and mud-splattered, Nicole Graham clung to her trapped horse Astro for three hours keeping his head high in a race against the tide.

The 78-stone show horse had sunk into quagmire-like mud and was facing the pro-spect of dro-wning as the water rose around them.  It was a race around the clock with the tide rising rapidly, but the horse was eventually saved. The brave woman initially managed to rescue her daughter and another horse.

Miss Graham had been out on an afternoon ride with her daughter along the coast near Geelong, south of Melbourne, when 18-year-old Astro suddenly sank into the mud. Astro, who weighs 900 lbs, had got stuck in the mud on an afternoon ride in Melbourne, Australia.   Before she could shout a warning, the smaller horse her daughter Paris was riding was also partially swallowed up by the mud.

After dragging herself through the mire, Miss Graham helped her daughter and the other horse on to firmer ground.  However, Astro was stuck fast and her efforts to pull him free only resulted in herself sinking deeper into the quagmire. As Paris ran to their car and phoned for help, Miss Graham stayed at her horse’s side. She courageously clung on to his neck, terrified that he would not be freed before the tide came in. After three ‘te.rrifying’ hours, rescuers managed to pull Astro and Miss Graham from the mud.

Miss Graham, who owns more than 10 horses and runs an equine dentistry business, told the Geelong Advertiser how a peaceful afternoon’s ride had turned to te.rror.

She said: ‘It was te.rrifying. I’ve been riding here for 20 years and never had a drama. I’ve never seen any signs and didn’t realize it was so boggy.”

A local helicopter was put on standby as a last resort at pulling Astro from the mud. The horse’s rescue was possible thanks to the efforts of the fire crew that teamed up with a vet and a local farmer. Thankfully, Astro was unharmed, but only dehydrated!

The combined rescue effort paid off. With minutes to spare before the water reached him, Astro – who had been se.dated by vet Stacey Sullivan – was dragged from the mud with the aid of the farmer’s tractor.

‘It was a race against the tide and fortunately we won,’ said Lieut Buckle, who praised everyone efforts, including those of Miss Sullivan whose work in sedating Astro made it easier to pull him free.



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