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TURTLE RIVER, Minn. – Sheriff’s deputies in Minnesota are credited with thinking quickly and creatively to rescue horses and their riders who were trapped in a bog.

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The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office posted photos to its Facebook page, and said that deputies were called to a report of two horses stuck in a swamp in the Three Island County Park in Turtle River. Deputies said that two people were riding horses on the park trails, when the horses began to sink into the flooded bog. The animals spooked, running further into it, until they both sank and were unable to move.

Deputies worked with the Bemidji Fire Department to use a UTV and wooden boards to build a floating bridge, KMSP reported. Ten sheets of boards were enough to spread across a quarter of a mile, allowing the horses to walk out of the bog.

Horses rescued from Minnesota swamp

Deputies borrowed wooden boards from the Bemidji Fire Department to build a floating bridge.

The horses and the riders made it out to the parking lot safely, a little more than four hours after 911 was called, KMSP reported.

Horses rescued from Minnesota swamp

Horses, riders and sheriff’s deputies celebrate the successful rescue in the parking lot.