A group of around 100 horses were stranded on a small piece of land when waters rose unexpectedly after a fierce storm in a village in Netherlands. The storm pushed seawater into the wilderness area outside the dikes of Marrum. 19 horses lost their lives while the remaining horses were stuck on a lowland knoll for three days. Firemen and animal welfare officers brought food and water for the horses to keep up their strength. Rescue attempts were made but without any success.
On the third day however, an extraordinary rescue was made. Another storm was quickly approaching when someone posted a request on a horse forum seeking experienced riders without fear of water. Some female riders responded. One of them, Norma Miedema, started a group called the Netherlands Horse Rescue. This group of seven women met the following day and risked their own lives in order to save the horses. They were later honored for their courage and bravery.
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