Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies rescue horse from Kings River

Horse’s owner and neighbors come to aid after equine fell into water and became entangled in wire during Aug. 11 incident north of Reedley

With the help of two ropes harnessed, a horse named Bailey is pulled to safety from the Kings River on Aug. 11 after slipping from an embankment and becoming entangled in wire in the river north of Reedley. (Fresno County Sheriff’s Office)
With the help of two ropes harnessed, a horse named Bailey is pulled to safety from the Kings River on Aug. 11 after slipping from an embankment and becoming entangled in wire in the river north of Reedley. (Fresno County Sheriff’s Office)
Jon Earnest
Published August 15, 2023  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY – Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies made an unusual rescue from the Kings River last week, freeing a horse that slipped into the water and became entangled in wire.

On the afternoon of Aug. 11, a horse named Bailey slipped off an embankment along the river north of Reedley, rolling into the water. According to the sheriff’s office, the horse’s owner and neighbors contacted the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office for assistance while rushing to the horse’s aid.

While waiting for boating deputies to arrive at the scene, the owner and neighbors worked to keep Bailey’s head above water about 4-5 feet off shore. The horse couldn’t work free because of tangled wire under the water.

The two responding boating deputies were able to cut the wire, and along with the owner managed to harness a couple of ropes to Bailey and successfully free her from the current.

The incident and rescue took place along the northeast bank of the river about two miles north of Reedley, where the river forks toward the west. With the river again open for recreational purposes, rescue boats from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office are patrolling the riverway to monitor and assist boaters.

Jon Earnest
Reporter