Horse Rescued After Three-Mile Swim

Animal spooked at beach-side photo shoot

May 17, 2012
Outside Magazine

Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officials on Tuesday rescued an Arabian show horse named William three miles off the coast of California after he became spooked and ran into the ocean during a beach-side photo shoot. Ryan Kelly, a Harbor Patrol officer, led a search team that found William's head poking out of the water among sea birds. "It was a real needle-in-a-haystack kind of find,” Kelly said. Rescuers reined William in with a boat hook and slipped a harness under his saddle to keep him buoyant. After a two-hour boat ride, a vet evaluated William and deemed him in good health. It was his first swim.

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