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Pony stuck in mud prompts major rescue operation on Beauly Firth

By Hector MacKenzie

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SPECIALIST teams supported by a Ross-shire lifeboat crew helped rescue a pony from mud on the Beauly Firth today.

Inverness and Dornoch Coastguard mud specialist rescue teams helped Scottish Fire and Rescue Service colleagues with cover provided by RNLI Kessock Lifeboat.

An incoming tide raised the sense of urgency as the rescue team worked successfully to extract the stricken animal during a protracted operation.

HM Coastguard Highland said later: "Thankfully the pony and all rescue teams were safe and well, despite an incoming tide.

"Mud and a tidal Firth are dangerous and not a mix that anyone should be going on.

"If you find yourself in trouble on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

"Excellent job from all rescue team members."

Members of the public who witnessed the drama unfolding praised the team effort of all involved.

Kessock RNLI lifeboat crew said later there had been "fantastic teamwork" displayed.

More to follow.

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