Firefighters rescue colt from Oregon river in dark as temperatures plunge toward freezing

Firefighters from the Eugene Springfield Fire water rescue team entered the Mohawk River as air temperatures approached freezing Wednesday evening to rescue a colt that fell down a steep embankment and couldn't get out of the water. (Eugene Springfield Fire)

MOHAWK, Ore. - Firefighters from a water rescue team entered the Mohawk River as air temperatures approached freezing Wednesday evening to rescue a colt that fell down a steep embankment and couldn't get out of the water.

The Mohawk Valley Rural Fire District got the call just after 6 p.m.

Firefighters arrived to find two people in the river with the colt, attempting to get the horse out.

"Once those citizens were safely back on dry land fire crews attempted several tries using a tractor and pulley system to assist with the colts efforts to climb up the embankment," firefighters aid. "When those attempts failed, they called Eugene Springfield Fire’s Water Rescue Team to assist."

The water rescue team arrived on scene and formulated "a plan to guide the colt down the river to a flatter safer exit where the colt could safely walk up to dry land," firefighters said. "This plan required the Water Rescue Team to be emerged in the river alongside the colt. This plan worked! Once the colt was on dry land the owner loaded him up and immediately headed to seek veterinary care. The colt did received cuts from the fall and was very cold when it emerged from the river."

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