South West Wales

Horse 'spooked' into River Teifi by kayaker is rescued

A horse which went missing in a Pembrokeshire river overnight after being spooked by a kayaker has been rescued alive from the water.

The search began at about 19:00 BST on Wednesday after reports of two horses and their riders in difficulties in the River Teifi at Cilgerran Castle.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service called off the search three hours later.

The "very tired" horse was sighted again at lunchtime on Thursday and was rescued using lines and slings.

The fire service said it was told the two horses had taken fright after a kayaker approached them from behind.

One rider managed to lead one horse out of the water, and the other rider also got out.

But, despite an extensive search by Cardigan firefighters and an RNLI inshore lifeboat, the second horse could not be found after a search lasting three hours.

Then, at 12:30 BST on Thursday, the horse, a 17-hand black gelding, was seen near the same spot in the river.

The same crews responded, with help from two fire service boat crews, a vet and RSPCA officers.

Cardigan Watch manager Dai Brabrook said the horse may have found cover overnight before falling back into the river at high tide.

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