Massachusetts first responders rescue horse from ocean

Photo: Westport Police Dept.

WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — A horse ride along the beach turned into a scary situation for one woman Tuesday.

Westport police were called to Gooseberry Island around 1:35 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a horse needing rescue from the ocean.

A woman told police she was horseback riding along the beach when the horse threw her to the ground and fell sideways into the water. The caller then told police the horse ran into the ocean and began to drift farther away from shore.

When crews arrived on scene, the horse was about 40 feet from the rock-lined causeway that leads from East Beach Road to the Island.

Police said firefighters/paramedics Tony Ward and Bob Porawski put on survival suits and got into the water. After about 45 minutes, they were able to place a rope bridle around the horse and walk the animal back a few hundred feet toward the beach area and away from the large rocks. Police said during this time, the water ranged from waist to chest deep.

Police said the horse did not appear to be injured. Its rider also told officers she was unharmed.

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