Quicksand ordeal for Carrigart woman

A 33-year old Carrigart woman escaped a potentially life threatening situation on Thursday of last week when she and her horse sank in quicksand on the beach at Carrigart.

A 33-year old Carrigart woman escaped a potentially life threatening situation on Thursday of last week when she and her horse sank in quicksand on the beach at Carrigart.

Liz Potter from Tirlaughan and her horse Clyde had been out for a ride with her partner when the incident occurred around 10am on the morning in question. She said the incident happened along the same route people used to take their horses trekking all summer, near the car park at the back of the town.

Ms Potter said she came to a shallow channel of water but decided against crossing it as it was about two-feet deep and instead decided to ride to the middle of the strand to a place where it was only half a foot deep. She added she had used this section before so felt it was okay.

She noticed her partner’s horse sink a little as he began to cross but thought nothing of it. She then entered the water a few feet further to the left when suddenly she began to sink quickly and soon found her feet covered. She escaped by climbing over her horse’s head on to drier sand she had just been on.

She had to watch in horror as her horse began thrashing about in an attempt to get free. It was scared and sinking all the time, she said. She tried to pull him out by the bridal reins but when he stopped moving she thought the animal had given up.

“I thought he was just going to let the sand swallow him up, “ she said.

The horse eventually managed to get his front two feet out to the drier sand but when he just lay still Ms Potter thought he didn’t have enough energy to get the rest of the way out. The horse rested then made another attempt to pull free and this time succeeded but lay on the beach totally exhausted. She added he appeared to be fine after a few minutes and stood up and continued on. She feared had Clyde been older and not as fit he might not have survived.

Ms Potter added she hoped this would not happen to anyone ever again and wanted to warn everyone to be wary of this part of the beach. She made enquiries locally to see if such a thing had happened before but no one could recall a similar incident happening.

Ms Potter said she traumatised after the whole event and doubted if she would ever go near that part of this beach again.