Policeman’s horse trapped in sand at uShaka

2013-08-13 00:00

IT was a dramatic rescue of a different sort on Durban’s uShaka Beach on Sunday, when a Metro policeman and his horse were trapped in the sand and the animal was in danger of drowning.

An eyewitness, Pat Sunkel (59), said the horse and rider were on the sand when both of them started sinking.

“I just saw a splash and the animal going into the sand.

“The horse was neck deep and it seemed it was sinking deeper.”

It took about 20 people and about 45 minutes before the horse was freed, Sunkel said, adding that dramatic scenes played out.

One of the metro policeman’s colleagues explained to her that the officer and the horse had been partners for 12 years.

“If the horse had broken her leg then they would have had to shoot it.”

Sunkel said onlookers broke into spontaneous applause when the horse was finally pulled from the sand.

She said the officer, who was unhurt, was so relieved his horse was alright that he broke down and sobbed.

A woman who claimed to be a horse whisperer rushed to the scene and managed to calm down the agitated horse.

“After the rescue, the horse walked relatively slowly. But she seemed fine. I don’t think the horse was as traumatised as the rider.

“I’m so glad that the horse didn’t break its leg, because they would have shot her,” Sunkel said.

Senior Superintendent Eugene Msomi, spokesperson for the eThekwini Metro police, confirmed that a vet has given the horse a full check-up, and that everything was in order.

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