Racehorse Rebel Rover swims 2km out to sea, sparks marine rescue operation
A racehorse named Rebel Rover has survived a two-kilometre swim out to sea after being spooked during a training session at a beach on Brisbane’s bayside.
The five-year-old gelding with a track record of misbehaviour was being trained in chest-high water at Sandgate just before 9:00am yesterday when it was startled, tipped its rider and headed for deeper water.
Rebel Rover swam across Bramble Bay toward Redcliffe and was eventually rescued near Woody Point.
Volunteer Marine Rescue Brisbane spokesman Glen Philip said the 90-minute rescue operation was their most unusual callout for help, and a little like herding sheep.