Women, Horse Stuck in Mud Near Hansen Dam Freed

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Two women and a horse who became stuck in mud near Hanson Dam in the Shadow Hills area of Los Angeles were freed by firefighters yesterday.

Crews responded to a call of a horse and rider stranded off the 10800 block of Wentworth Street about 6 p.m. and upon arrival, found the horse stuck deep in the mud, but the female rider was safe and uninjured, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A fire department Urban Search and Rescue team was dispatched to the scene and used specialized equipment to successfully free the horse from the mud about 7:30 p.m., Prange said.

While crews were working to free the horse, a second woman became stuck in mud a few hundred yards away, he said.

“A portion of the rescue team redirected their efforts and coordinated the rescue of the second patient,” Prange said.

Neither woman was injured and a veterinarian was contacted to examine the horse.

A 21-year-old man was reported missing at the scene, but a search of the immediate area by firefighters failed to locate anyone. A park ranger would continue the search for the man, Prange said.

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