Published: Mar 05, 2013 12:35 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- On Monday, the Region 6 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Team (T.A.R.C.) received a call from boaters of a horse stranded in the Caloosahatchee River near Fort Denaud in Hendry County.

A team was quickly assembled and the horse was found on the north side of the river where the waterway dropped straight down approximately 15 feet.

The horse appeared to be exhausted from swimming in the river and the decision was made to lift the horse from where it was found. The A frame and Haas lift were utilized to safely and successfully lift the horse up the steep river banks and onto solid ground.