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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.

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