NEWS
05/05/2014 02:48 EDT | Updated 07/05/2014 05:59 EDT

Wild horse rescue from B.C. creek caught on YouTube

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The dramatic rescue of a wild horse from Trout Creek in Summerland, B.C. by local fire crews and volunteers over the weekend, was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube.

According to the O.A.T.S Horse Rescue Facebook page, the horse — believed to be around six months old — was spotted exhausted and suffering from hypothermia in the raging waters on Saturday by a woman out walking her dogs.

She called O.A.T.S Horse Rescue, who were joined by the Summerland Fire Department and local RCMP, who worked tirelessly to save the feral filly from the creek.

Gruelling attempts

The eight-minute video, uploaded by Theresa Nolet, shows the gruelling attempts by the rescue team to pull the animal out of the creek. 

First, a rope rescuers managed to put around the horse's head came off, after the frightened animal, unused to human handling, struggled free, leaving her further out into the water.

Firefighters with ropes tied around their waists for safety, waded into the fast-moving creek and, eventually, another rope was successfully wrapped around the horse's head.

The exhausted animal collapses

But at this point, it was all too much for the flagging beast, who collapsed on the edge of the creek bank and refused to be roused to her feet.

A large sheet of plywood covered in a tarp was slipped under the animal, and rescuers heaved her up onto the plywood stretcher, and onto dry land.

Wrapped in a blanket and encouraged to stand, the shivering horse, later named River by her rescuers,  was led away from the creek, and taken into foster care by O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue to be nursed back to health.