Published: October 26, 2012
Pony rescue drama in photos: Owner thanks Burnham fire crews

These were the dramatic scenes near Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week when the town's fire crews were called to rescue a pony stuck in a water-filled ditch.

The distraught owner of the animal, Rachael Fear, could only watch as Juniper was unable to free himself after getting stranded in a roadside ditch in Lympsham.

As pictured here, firefighters from Burnham and Weston were called to the scene in West Road and used lines and flotation devices to safeguard the nine year-old pony.

The animal was then hauled free by the crews using ropes, much to the relief of Rachael.

"I am so incredibly grateful for the help of the fire crews in carrying out this rescue and am so relieved that it ended happily for Juniper," she told

Juniper became completely stuck in the ditch and could not be pulled out

A dozen firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston joined the rescue

... and Juniper was finally pulled free from the ditch

After a checkover, he was judged to be fine despite the drama

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