HORSE SAVED AFTER FALLING OFF TRAIL NEAR SKYKOMISH RIVER August 06, 2015
Pictures of the horse rescue in Gold Bar/Index area on Monday. Photos courtesy Arden King. CLICK TO ENLARGE
By Arden King
(GOLD BAR, WA.) -- On Monday, August 3, 2015, my husband and I heard shouting coming from the Skykomish River that runs in front of our home.
We went to the bank to see two of the construction workers from next door on the rocks out in the middle of the now very low river and a third worker across the river at the bottom of a very steep grade.
At first we couldn't see what he was doing and then saw that he had gone to the rescue of a horse from Skyland Ranch which had fallen off the trail 20 to 30 feet above and was struggling to get its footing.
We could hear other neighbors calling to the young man to keep the horse still if possible as they had called 911.
I then called 911 and called Skyland Ranch as well. During this whole time, the young construction worker was keeping the horse calm which kept it from further injuring itself.
Soon a helicopter from was flying overhead making sure that the rider wasn't in the river.
Minutes that seemed like hours passed and then other firefighters from the Index fire station and the Gold Bar station arrived and began to set up rope pulleys with which they would pull the horse to safety.
To my husband and I, this seemed like an impossible task
When they had straps around the horse and the pulleys in place they began to pull the horse up the very steep bank. Within seconds, they had the horse back on the trail above the river. It was amazing.
We can't thank the young construction worker and the firefighters for the terrific job they did. I'm not sure what would have happened to the horse if the construction worker hadn't seen what had happened and responded immediately.
Thanks to community volunteer Ray Coleman for sending along Arden's heart warming story and her pictures of the rescue.