FIREFIGHTERS and farmers have rescued a horse stuck up to its shoulders in water on the Somerset Levels.

A fire crew from Chedddar joined forces with a specialist rescue vehicle from Bridgwater to help from the horse from the rhyne.

The incident was shortly after 8am this morning (October 25) at Jacks Drove, Heath House, in Wedmore.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Fire crews rescued the horse, which was approximately 16 hands and 600kg, from the water filled ditch using water safety equipment, lifting tackle and the assistance of a local telehandler.

"A vet was also in attendance and sedated the fatigued horse."