Rescuers save foal from deep, freezing stream

A young foal was rescued from a deep stream in the Glen, Carrick-on-Suir last Sunday afternoon. The gorgeous yearling was lifted barely alive out of the freezing water by River Rescue members, Sgt. Mick Hubbard and tended to by local vet Joe Walsh.

A young foal was rescued from a deep stream in the Glen, Carrick-on-Suir last Sunday afternoon. The gorgeous yearling was lifted barely alive out of the freezing water by River Rescue members, Sgt. Mick Hubbard and tended to by local vet Joe Walsh.

The rescuers worked to revive him on the river bank placing blankets and coats on his shivering body while Joe Walsh checked his breathing and heart rate.

They worked together to lift him up and supported him along the overgrown slippery path to his mother. He was weak but managed to stay on his feet.

Sgt. Hubbard had received a call around 2pm from a concerned local person who spotted the foal lying in distress in the stream.

When he arrived, he saw the foal submerged in the water unable to free himself. His legs were stuck in the mud.

Carrick River Rescue members were contacted and came to the scene immediately and local vet Joe Walsh arrived shortly after. The area is barren and littered with rubbish, stones and metal and the stream and big pond are deep and dangerous. River Rescue member Catherine Foley arrived with hay and food for the horses that had been eating leaves from the briars.

The River Rescue team included Michael Power, Mick Power, Bobby Power, Mattie Walsh, Vitmir Sefolli, Sasha Vycouzov, Mick O’Hara, Michael Hickey and later Catherine Foley.

The rescue operation took two hours and all involved are to be commended for their kindness, commitment and hard work in the community.