Crews rescue rider, horse that fell into ravine


SAN DIEGO — Firefighters and veterinarians rescued a horse and rider Thursday after they fell off a steep trail and rolled down an embankment in Carmel Valley.

The accident happened in a wilderness area about three-quarters of a mile east of state Route 56 off Carmel Valley Road, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

After a helicopter air-lifted the horse named Mackey to safety, SDFD crews and team members from San Diego Humane Society’s Response team helped catch her. She was then loaded into a trailer and returned home.

Neither the animal nor the woman who had been riding it were injured, SDFD reported.

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