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Flood-stranded horses rescued after days

Nov 03, 2006
Associated Press
Marrum, Netherlands — Rescuers on horseback lured a stranded herd of about 100 horses off a mud-soaked knoll where they had been stranded for three days and led them through receding floodwaters to safe ground Friday.
Before they could be saved, 19 horses drowned or died of exposure from the days and nights on the earthen mound that was turned into an island during a storm Tuesday night.
The plight of the horses has riveted the country, which followed rescue attempts on television and in newspapers after the storm surge pushed sea water into the wilderness area outside the dikes of Marrum, a town 144 kilometres northeast of Amsterdam.
Four women on horseback guided the animals back, and the entire herd — except one horse — followed without hesitation. {photo above: Rescue workers lead a herd of horses through flooded fields from a small knoll in Marrum, northern Netherlands, on Friday. (Peter Dejong/AP)

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