WATCH: Dramatic rescue of horse pulled from Okanagan creek

VANCOUVER – A young female horse is now recovering after becoming stranded in Summerland’s Trout Creek on Saturday.

The six-month old filly was first spotted in the water by a local resident who was out walking her dogs.

Thanks to her quick actions, fire crews and volunteers jumped into action to rescue the wild horse, first trying to lead her out of the water.

After fighting to stay upright in the fast-flowing water and to navigate the rocks on the shore, the  horse actually collapses from exhaustion.

Just when the rescue started looking bleak, volunteers stepped it up, even though they had already been working for more than an hour to rescue the terrified horse.

Eventually the horse mustered up a last burst of strength to get back up and crews were able to guide her to safety using a piece of plywood.

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The Summerland Fire Department, RCMP, O.A.T.S Horse Rescue volunteers and numerous other Good Samaritans worked to save the horse.

She has since been named River and is recovering at O.A.T.S.

If you would like to donate towards River’s care, you can do so via PayPal with the email address

WATCH: A shorter, edited version of the rescue:

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