HORSES which became stuck in mud, one of which required help from a Flint coastguard team to free itself, have made a good recovery.

The Leader reported on April 13 how Flint Coastguard Rescue Team was sent by UK Coastguard along with Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team to two horses stuck in the mud near to Leasowe Bay, on the Wirral.

One of the horses managed to free itself but the other was stuck in soft deep mud and unable to free itself.

Rescue teams consisting of Coastguard Mud Rescue Technicians, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Firefighters and Hoylake Hovercraft Crew carried out an "extremely complicated rescue" involving assistance from a vet, following which the horse, named Bobby, was freed.

A spokesman for Wirral Veterinary Physiotherapy stated on Friday: "Happy to say Bobby is doing great after the beach incident last week where him and his owner got stuck in sinking sand.

"The Dales Veterinary Practice were there to assist and Colin and Trudi did a fantastic job making sure both horses were ok following the accident.

"Both horses have recovered amazingly well and there is no lasting damage.

"The girls riding knew that beach and had ridden on that part of the beach before, the RNLI said the sands change regularly so please be cautious when riding on the beach.

"Luckily both horses were only walking when it happened suddenly."

Following the news, a spokesman for Flint Coastguard Rescue Team said: "Great news about Bobby who got stuck in mud on the beach last week.

"Our team along with Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team, RNLI Hoylake, RNLI Wirral Lifeguards and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service worked closely together to carry out a successful rescue."