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35 horses rescued from flooded Orange River

───   13:52 Thu, 03 Feb 2022

35 horses rescued from flooded Orange River | News Article

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has rescued some 35 horses trapped in a flooded Orange River near Alexander Bay.

The horses were trapped by the rising waters on the small island of the river on Wednesday.

NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon says the emergency team managed to rescue 32 horses and three foals.

“The horses were scattered in groups across a number of smaller island that they had sought shelter on. As islands were flooded the horses were forced to swim to the next island, causing the horses to be scattered over a large area, some already standing on islands that had submerged.

“In an intense operation, the horses were corralled and walked through chest-deep water and at places swum through water to reach larger islands.”

“We went from island to island continuing to assist until all of the horses were safe,” says Lambinon.

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