Thursday, January 18 , 2018, 12:31 am | Fair 51º


Local News

Horse Rescued After Swimming Miles Out to Sea Off Summerland

Animal spooks during photo shoot and is found 2.5 miles offshore, where it is recovered and brought back to shore

Rescuers try to corral a horse that swam miles out to sea from Summerland Beach. (Harbor Patrol photo)
Rescuers try to corral a horse that swam out to sea from Summerland Beach. (Harbor Patrol photo)

The expression “rode hard and put away wet” took on new meaning in Summerland on Tuesday night, when a horse had to be rescued after it spooked on the beach and swam out to sea.

The animal was found about 2.5 miles off of Summerland Beach by Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol crews and water-rescue personnel from the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District, according to Harbor Patrol Officer Ryan Kelly.

State Beach lifeguards also assisted in the operation, he said.

The first report of the incident came in around 6:40 p.m.

“The horse was part of a photo shoot on the beach. It threw the rider off, panicked and went swimming out to sea,” Kelly said, adding that he’d never seen anything like this.

Once the animal was located, it was secured to a Harbor Patrol boat and brought slowly back to shore, a process that took about two hours, Kelly said.

A vet was standing by on the beach to attend to the horse, which was exhausted and likely very cold from the 58-degree water.

“They put it in a trailer and took it away, presumably to get some treatment,” Kelly said.

Details about the photo shoot were not available Tuesday night.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol crews rescue a horse that swam 2.5 miles offshore from Summerland Beach on Tuesday after it spooked and threw its rider.
Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol crews rescue a horse that swam 2.5 miles offshore from Summerland Beach on Tuesday after it spooked and threw its rider. (Paul Noury photo / Santa Barbara Yacht Charters)

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >