An All-Girls Team Heroically Rescues 100 Stranded Horses
Storms can be horrifying and heart stopping, especially if you have nowhere to run. If you have ever been in a storm, you will understand the feelings of helplessness of the 100 horses, who were stranded on a small island in Netherlands.
In 2006, a storm hit the town of Marrum and caused the seawater to surge into the dikes. More than 19 horses either drowned or died because of exposure or exhaustion. Though several rescue missions were scheduled to bring the horses to safety, boats ultimately got stuck into sand and never made it to the island. Until Norma Miedema came into the picture.
This unsung hero of the rescue refused to give up and gathered a team of 6 women who would help to take the horses to land. She posted a request on the Friesian house forum, which read, “Horses and riders sought… Only experienced riders with horses without fear of water”.
The request went viral and as a result, Susan, Micky, Antje, Hinke, Christina, and Fardow responded by agreeing to head the rescue.
Though the waters were expected to rise on the third day, the all-girls team managed to get there just in time and rescue the horses.
Watch the video to find out how the rescue progressed.
The experienced horses, along with their riders managed to lure the horses to safety and while one horse was left behind, he was rescued by another
team of riders later that same day.
As a tribute for their heroic efforts, both the horses as well as the riders who headed the rescue where commemorated with horse hoof decorations and a symbol of the Friesland flag.
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