- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Three horses were rescued after getting stuck belly-deep in quicksand in a Southern California riverbed.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1dO802F ) that their riders became lost Wednesday during two-hour ride along a looping route through the mostly dry but overgrown riverbed of the Santa Ana River in Jurupa Valley.

Susi Rowley, who was helped out on her paint horse, Stretch, says the Riverside County Fire Department inmate fire crew used chain saws to cut an escape path from the trouble spot to the riverbank.

Rowley says the whole ordeal wouldn’t have happened if they’d remained on established trails, which she says is a basic safety rule.

The crews of three fire engines and ladder truck were dispatched, followed by the inmate crew. The Norco Animal Rescue Team and County animal control officers also showed up.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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