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Firefighters rescue 880-pound horse stranded in freezing river

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This is the moment a chilly horse was rescued from a FREEZING river - as firefighters hauled the 400kg animal out of the water. (Essex Fire Service via SWNS)

By Ben Turner via SWNS

This is the moment a chilly horse was rescued from a FREEZING river - as firefighters hauled the 400kg (881 lb) animal out of the water.

The white and brown horse slipped on an icy verge and plunged into the river as temperatures dropped to a wintery -1° C ( 30 °F) yesterday, November 29.

This is the moment a chilly horse was rescued from a FREEZING river - as firefighters hauled the 400kg animal out of the water. (Essex Fire Service via SWNS).

Firefighters were called at around 7 A.M and waded into the waist-deep water to guide the horse to the river's edge in Grays, England.

They worked with the horse's owner - who was helplessly watching on - to heave the horse up the riverbank using straps.

This is the moment a chilly horse was rescued from a FREEZING river - as firefighters hauled the 400kg animal out of the water. (Essex Fire Service via SWNS.

Normally, adult horses weigh around 400kg.

The animal was pulled to safety and left in the care of its owner.

The incident came as England recovered from Storm Arwen, which battered the country with freezing weather and windy conditions.

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