Animal lover dives into icy river to save horse

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Juno recovers from her ordeal with owner Amanda Fitton and David McCormick, who plunged the River Calder Juno recovers from her ordeal with owner Amanda Fitton and David McCormick, who plunged the River Calder

AN ANIMAL lover risked his life to save a horse after it fell into a freezing river.

Dave McCormick dived into the neck-deep River Calder after four-year-old Juno, a Welsh cob, plunged into the water.

And now Juno’s owner has heaped praise on the 10-strong team involved in the 30-minute rescue operation, at Royle Equestrian Centre in Royle Road, Burnley.

Amanda Fitton, 40, praised Mr McCormick’s actions but described the situation as ‘really quite dangerous’.

She said: “Juno only came to us that day.

“She had a good explore up and down the field but with the river being as swollen as it was, she just tripped into the water.

“Then it was all hands on deck.

“She was in the water for 30 to 40 minutes. We just couldn’t pull her out.

“We called the fire brigade but fortunately Dave had got her out by then and she was able to get a foothold.

“He was well up to his chest in the water.

“He was fantastic – and all on his day off.

“They were all extremely brave and acted without any though for their own wellbeing.”

Mr McCormick, who works as an equine inspector for Briercliffe’s Horses and Ponies Protection Association (HAPPA), said the rescue was ‘a team effort’.

The ex-policeman, 60, said: “It was nobody’s fault.

“With the rain we’ve had recently the river was swollen and the ground collapsed underfoot.

“The banking was too high up for Juno to get out.

“She had gone into shock and I thought we were going to lose her. I got in and moved her to a lower part of the bank.

“I had the easiest job by going in to search – everyone else had to pull her out.”

Mrs Fitton, whose husband David, 48, was also part of the rescue team on Sunday, said Juno was recovering well.

She said: “She’s stiff to an extent but she’s back in the fields with her friends already.”

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11:38am Fri 31 Jan 14

blackburnwithdarwen says...

Good on you David, so nice to be reminded that there really are caring people on this earth!
Good on you David, so nice to be reminded that there really are caring people on this earth! blackburnwithdarwen

12:29pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Is Eckersley playing? says...

Well done that man! Cheers you up to hear such kindness, not to mention bravery. Good on you! Hope you get some sort of medal.
Well done that man! Cheers you up to hear such kindness, not to mention bravery. Good on you! Hope you get some sort of medal. Is Eckersley playing?

12:51pm Fri 31 Jan 14

GracesDad says...

Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?
Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy? GracesDad

1:21pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Steven Seagull says...

Blackburn Rovers fan by any chance?
Blackburn Rovers fan by any chance? Steven Seagull

1:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Skookie says...

GracesDad wrote:
Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?
Yes you are, now give that man an award for bravery and a medal, well done.
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?[/p][/quote]Yes you are, now give that man an award for bravery and a medal, well done. Skookie

1:30pm Fri 31 Jan 14

GracesDad says...

Skookie wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?
Yes you are, now give that man an award for bravery and a medal, well done.
I'd rather the plaudits were given to the unsung heroes that work in our hospitals saving PEOPLE!!!!!! This man should be given a medal for stupidity not bravery.
[quote][p][bold]Skookie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?[/p][/quote]Yes you are, now give that man an award for bravery and a medal, well done.[/p][/quote]I'd rather the plaudits were given to the unsung heroes that work in our hospitals saving PEOPLE!!!!!! This man should be given a medal for stupidity not bravery. GracesDad

1:55pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Steven Seagull says...

Skookie wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?
Yes you are, now give that man an award for bravery and a medal, well done.
Would a medal not count as an award?
[quote][p][bold]Skookie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?[/p][/quote]Yes you are, now give that man an award for bravery and a medal, well done.[/p][/quote]Would a medal not count as an award? Steven Seagull

5:01pm Fri 31 Jan 14

jaffa90 says...

GracesDad wrote:
Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?
A human saving a horse, no chance a horse is too big, also it can swim just like a dog.
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?[/p][/quote]A human saving a horse, no chance a horse is too big, also it can swim just like a dog. jaffa90

5:49pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Legal Beagle says...

GracesDad wrote:
Skookie wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?
Yes you are, now give that man an award for bravery and a medal, well done.
I'd rather the plaudits were given to the unsung heroes that work in our hospitals saving PEOPLE!!!!!! This man should be given a medal for stupidity not bravery.
Compassion is compassion, whether it's aimed at a human being or an animal, and is to be applauded either way.

Unfortunately it seems to be an alien concept to people such as you.
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Skookie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?[/p][/quote]Yes you are, now give that man an award for bravery and a medal, well done.[/p][/quote]I'd rather the plaudits were given to the unsung heroes that work in our hospitals saving PEOPLE!!!!!! This man should be given a medal for stupidity not bravery.[/p][/quote]Compassion is compassion, whether it's aimed at a human being or an animal, and is to be applauded either way. Unfortunately it seems to be an alien concept to people such as you. Legal Beagle

3:58pm Sat 1 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

jaffa90 wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?
A human saving a horse, no chance a horse is too big, also it can swim just like a dog.
If it's frightened it might panic. It would then need help to get out of the water.
[quote][p][bold]jaffa90[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?[/p][/quote]A human saving a horse, no chance a horse is too big, also it can swim just like a dog.[/p][/quote]If it's frightened it might panic. It would then need help to get out of the water. DaveBurnley

2:37pm Mon 3 Feb 14

GracesDad says...

Legal Beagle wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
Skookie wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?
Yes you are, now give that man an award for bravery and a medal, well done.
I'd rather the plaudits were given to the unsung heroes that work in our hospitals saving PEOPLE!!!!!! This man should be given a medal for stupidity not bravery.
Compassion is compassion, whether it's aimed at a human being or an animal, and is to be applauded either way.

Unfortunately it seems to be an alien concept to people such as you.
Let's hope that nobody you ever care about dies trying to save a rat then huh!!!
[quote][p][bold]Legal Beagle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Skookie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one that finds risking a human life to save a horse an act of idiocy?[/p][/quote]Yes you are, now give that man an award for bravery and a medal, well done.[/p][/quote]I'd rather the plaudits were given to the unsung heroes that work in our hospitals saving PEOPLE!!!!!! This man should be given a medal for stupidity not bravery.[/p][/quote]Compassion is compassion, whether it's aimed at a human being or an animal, and is to be applauded either way. Unfortunately it seems to be an alien concept to people such as you.[/p][/quote]Let's hope that nobody you ever care about dies trying to save a rat then huh!!! GracesDad

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