Horse rescued from ravine by helicopter

CORONA, Calif. The rescue effort involved more than two dozen forestry, sheriff's, fire and animal control workers, a Riverside County spokesman said.

A Riverside County sheriff's helicopter crew managed to pluck the horse out of the ravine this afternoon.

The horse's owner was reportedly on a multi-day pack trip in the Santa Ana Mountains section of the Cleveland National Forest when the horse slipped off a fire road. It rolled and fell more than 200 feet down the nearly-vertical slope.

Before the helicopter rescue, the horse was trapped in a narrow ravine with no path up or down, according to John Welsh, public information chief for Riverside County Animal Services.

After the rescue, the horse is said to be doing fine and is back with its owner.


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