FIREFIGHTERS spent more than two hours leading a horse which had become stuck in a canal to safety.
Crews were called to the Bridgewater Canal near Peel Lane in Tyldesley following reports the animal had become stranded in the waterway at around 8.20am yesterday.
A rescue unit from Leigh and a water incident team from Eccles attended the scene and used a boat and ropes to rescue the brown horse.
Firefighters used the boat to assess the scene before putting a harness around the animal and slowly led it down the canal, ushering it to a place where it could safely make its way back onto the grass.
The incident at Peel Hall Farm attracted attention from local residents and employees at nearby businesses, who helped to calm the distressed animal until the fire service arrived.
A fire service spokesman said: “It was quite a long rescue but that meant it was carried out safely without distressing the horse or the owners, who were at the scene.”
The horse was treated by a vet immediately after the rescue.