From: Huddersfield Daily Examiner
By: Nick Lavigueur
A horse trapped 10ft underground for more than 24 hours was just minutes from being put down, the owners have revealed.
Sianey, a 14-year-old mare, fell into a disused concrete chamber in a field off Gillroyd Lane at Linthwaite on Monday afternoon.
She is thought to have fallen in backwards after accidentally disturbing stone flags that were covering up the disused water reservoir, close to the edge of the field.
She was initially given little chance of being pulled out alive as firefighters were unwilling to try and hoist her up without her being anaesthetised – something the vet said he could not do in such a confined space.
Joint owners Wendy Dyson, her mother Barbara Pinder and her daughter Amy Dyson had reluctantly agreed to have her put to sleep.
But Sianey was given new hope when the land owner Dennis Mellor arrived and volunteered to excavate a tunnel to the concrete hole for firefighters.