Alex O'Brien

News

Thu, 23 Apr, 2015

Man uses surfboard to rescue 5 horses in NSW storm

Man uses surfboard to rescue 5 horses in NSW storm

Heartwarming photos have emerged of a man rescuing five beloved horses from the severe flooding in his rural town triggered by the worst storm in a century in New South Wales.

Steve Spowart helped the horses’ owner, Sonia Sharrock, to lead the animals to safety near Dungog, in the NSW Hunter region – one of the hardest hit areas in the state – where people have died in the severe weather, four houses were washed away and the town received the most rainfall it had in 100 years. 

Mr Spowart, in a black wetsuit, paddled out to where the horses were stranded on his surfboard, past trees, bushes and fences submerged in the floodwater that was almost as high as his shoulders.

Mr Spowart paddled out to where the horses were stranded, with concentration etched on his face

As he managed to get hold of a brown horse in what was once a field surrounded by a fence, the man clung to its mane to lead it to safety

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