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Firefighters rescue colt from Mohawk River

Thanks to the quick efforts of his owners, neighbors and two local fire departments Troubadour escaped the freezing water with only a few scrapes and bruises.

Posted: Dec 6, 2018 11:15 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2018 11:19 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- It was a close call for a colt in Springfield. He fell into the river and got stuck.

Thanks to the quick efforts of his owners, neighbors and two local fire departments he escaped the freezing water with only a few scrapes and bruises.

His owners, Tom and Julie Daughtery, said Troubadour is a only six months old. They said has gotten into a little mischief before, but nothing like this.

He was grazing on their property with their two other horses when he fell in the river Wednesday night. She said she's not sure whether he was playing or got spooked when he fell in.

"We couldn't get him out," said Daughtery. "We did the best we could with tractors and straps and everything we had available to us." That's when she called 911. 

Mohawk Valley Rural Fire District and Eugene Springfield's Water Rescue Team worked together to get Troubadour out.

Mohawk Valley Fire Chief Steven Wallace said the rescue team got into the water and guided the colt to dry land.

"The water was up to about neck level," said Chief Wallace. "After about 10 minutes of coaching the horse and getting him untangled from the snag in the tree...they were able to make it out the way they came in."

She said if it wasn't for the water rescue team, he probably would not have made it. They dried him off as fast as they could and treated his minor injuries.

Daughtery said he's recovering well and that they're very grateful to everyone who helped. 

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