Team effort required to rescue two horses from sink hole

A mare and her colt that fell into a sink hole on railroad right-of-way property west of Hillsboro were rescued in the early morning hours of May 6, thanks to the joint effort of law enforcement personnel and volunteers.

At 11 p.m., May 5, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s office responded to help get the two horses back into their pasture.

The horses, owned by Mike Childs Jr., disappeared into a sink hole that opened up along the old railroad track off of U.S. Highway 56, between Diamond and Eagle.

Marion veterinarian Jessica Laurin was called to the scene and lowered into the sink hole to sedate the horses.

Marty Dalke, of Dalke Construction in Hillsboro, responded to help dig out the hole.

Once sedated, the horses were lifted out and were unharmed.

Also on the scene were Marion County Sheriff Lee Becker, Hillsboro Assistant Police Chief Jessey Hiebert, Kevin Jost of rural Hillsboro, and Eric Soyez, a farrier from Chase County.

“What impressed me is the team work in this county,” Becker said. “Everything pulls together, and it gets taken care of. I’m really proud of the people who came out.”

The Marion County Board of Commissioners addressed the sink hole at its Monday meeting. The Central Kansas Conservatory, a McPherson-based organization promoting the “Rails to Trails” program in this area, has been given responsibility for the railroad right-of-way.

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