BURTONSVILLE, Md (WMAR) — A nearly 2000 pound horse is rescued after being trapped for hours in an old underground cistern.
The incident happened just before 4:45 a.m. on Sunday morning in the 4700 block of Sandy Spring Road in Burtonsville.
Montgomery County Fire officials say the horse named Bravo fell after the cistern collapsed, causing him to become trapped up to his neck.
After about three hours of trench digging, rescue teams were finally able to extricate Bravo. His owner and a veterinarian were on scene and indicated he was okay.
Update - Sandy Spring Rd, Burtonsville horse rescue, Horse trapped in old cistern, @mcfrs trench rescue crews digging trench adjacent to where the horse is trapped, veterinarian on scene, horse seems fine pic.twitter.com/xiYJcVJStv— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) December 23, 2018
It turns out Bravo is actually a local celebrity and has starred in movies.
DYK - Bravo (the rescued horse) has been in the movies & is somewhat of an equestrian celebrity at the Stables (‘The Underground Railroad’, Bravo played Harriet Tubman’s horse) Bravo continues his recovery & is doing fine according to his Veterinarian https://t.co/l50m2lCsxo— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) December 24, 2018