NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (WHDH) -
First responders in Newburyport were called to Maudslay State Park over the weekend to rescue a woman who was trapped under her horse.
Police say it all started when her horse slipped and rolled over, but they say Mother Nature is to thank for protecting the rider from serious injury.
The rider and her friend were deep into the park where there was little to no cell phone signal and no way for emergency vehicles to get to her.
"The first arriving engine company had to trek in about three-quarters of a mile in the snow, and they were lucky they found horse prints and followed them right into her,” Newbury Fire Lt. Stephen Hamilton said.
With not much daylight left, emergency crews had to think on their feet.
"I grew up in that area, I live in that area now, and I remembered my neighbor down the street has a snowmobile,” Newburyport police officer Eric Marshall said.
Marshall jumped into action, and onto the back of his neighbor's snowmobile and delivered supplies to medics helping the young woman.
"In this job you think outside the box, and that police officer did that. I never would have thought of a snowmobile," Hamilton said.
Specialized equipment was used to take the woman to an ambulance waiting on the road.
"The firefighter on scene said the snow is what helped lessen her injuries, because she packed down into the deep snow," Hamilton said.
That rider was hospitalized but officials say she was not seriously injured, the horse also did not suffer serious injuries.