Lifestyle

Firies and boatie to rescue for Absolutely Adam

Absolutely Adam is recovering after being rescued from the banks of the Bremer River on Sunday.
Absolutely Adam is recovering after being rescued from the banks of the Bremer River on Sunday. Contributed
SAVED: Tyreece Johnston, 9, found Adam (the horse) in the Bremer River on Sunday up to his stomach in mud (above).
SAVED: Tyreece Johnston, 9, found Adam (the horse) in the Bremer River on Sunday up to his stomach in mud (above). Sarah Harvey

A DAY after surviving a three-hour ordeal on the banks of the Bremer River at Bundamba, former race horse Absolutely Adam was recuperating in his paddock after escaping without serious injury.

Bearing a few cuts and two swollen legs, the very tired and sore Adam was under the watchful eyes of his carers Natasha Manning and her nine-year-old son Tyreece Johnston.

Adam has only been in Ms Manning's care for six months, but it's been long enough for Tyreece to form a strong bond with the seven-year-old gelding.

Tyreece listened over the radio as firefighters fought to free Adam from thick mud after he fell down an embankment.

It took three hours to guide Adam to safety, with the help of a boatie who held Adam's head above water as firefighters guided the horse to solid ground.

As Adam was led home he called out to Tyreece as soon as he came within view, Ms Manning said.

"It was actually quite sweet. Tyreece was at home and we came up the driveway and saw him and he started neighing for him," she said.

Adam was re-homed by Standardbred Association Queensland six months ago at the end of his horse racing career.

Yesterday, he calmly chewed on some grass as the pair, joined by horse welfare and placement officer Nicole Schuemann who cast her eye over his recovery.

Ms Schuemann said he was lucky to escape the ordeal without breaking a leg.

She said Adam proved to be remarkably calm under pressure.

"He is very, very lucky. At the moment he is on pain killers and he is very sore. You can see it when he is walking. He is very tired and he needs a lot of rest," she said.

QFRS Ripley station officer Nathan Chadwick swam alongside Adam during the rescue.

"It was an extremely difficult rescue. There was a high element of risk," he said.

"We were able to get the horse out of the mud and down the river, and the horse was exhausted by that stage."

Mr Chadwick and fellow firefighter Troy Theukaft swam alongside Adam until making it to the riverside.

"It was exhausting, but we have a twice yearly swim assessment so it's something we are used to."

Ms Manning and Tyreece thanked all the emergency services involved in the rescue and the neighbours who did all they could to help. Particularly a man called Mark who used his boat to help save the horse and a vet from a nearby clinic.

Topics:  bremer river editors picks qfrs



Ipswich model to 'make history' in New York

Model Madeline Stuart now has a visa to live and work in New York City. Photo Contributed

"I am now officially a professional. New York here I come."

Ute hits power pole, destroys two fences in Goodna crash

The single vehicle incident occurred at about 1.35pm

Rio medal winner's Australia Day message

SWIMMER: Lakeisha "Lucky” Patterson won two golds, three silvers and a bronze from Rio.

SWIMMER set to inspire with speech at ceremony

Local Partners

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Dinky-di Denyer: Family Feud favourite hosts Oz Day party

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

GRANT Denyer shares his Australia Day traditions ahead of concert.

Chelsea Handler blames the Kardashians for Donald Trump win

Chelsea Handler pictured in a scene from her talk show in Los Angeles.

TALK show host blames rise of reality TV family for election result.

Law & Order’s Trump inspired episode is still in limbo

The cast of Law & Order: SVU season 18, from left, Kelli Giddish, Raul Esparza, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scanavino. Supplied by Channel 10.

SHOW'S mastermind unsure if or when twice-delayed episode will air.

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

NEW: ALDI confirms opening date of seventh Ipswich store

NEW STORE: Aldi will soon open its seventh store in Ipswich.

Aldi is preparing to open its seventh store in Ipswich

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!