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Four horses rescued from flooding in Andrews

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Four horses are now safe from the flood waters, after they were rescued from the Lawshe Plantation in Andrews, South Carolina. Water levels were rising at the plantation leaving the animals stranded on an island. 

Shane Pope says he got a call Wednesday from a friend at the plantation asking him what should they do. It didn't take long for Shane Pope, his father, Johnny Pope, Darrell Pope, and Keith Rabon to conclude that they needed to go get the horses. 

"We really didn't know what we were getting in to," said Shane Pope, with Pope Ranch in Conway. 

Pope says only about 30 acres of the 1,200 acre plantation was above water. Lawshe Plantation sits between Georgetown and Andrews, South Carolina. 

"We got down there, we went over a big hill and saw nothing but a lake, it didn't look like a plantation," explained Pope.

Pope said when water rises, horses will look for higher ground, and they are going to swim through whatever they can. He said there were dangers that could have put the animals at risk. 

"There was wire fence that was dangerous for them to cross," said Pope.

The men went into action. "(We) Loaded the boat with ropes, life jackets, anything we might need, flashlights, got some water for the cooler we really didn't know what we were getting in to," said Pope.

Pope said they were extremely careful to not put the animals in harm's way or themselves. 

Pope said, "We took them out two at a time, and backed the boat up so we wouldn't get the prop in the way, we pulled them from the front." He added, "It was about 400 yards, we really didn't know how it was going to turn out."

The rescue spread on social media, gathering more than 49,000 views and thousands of likes on Facebook. 

Johnny Pope, Shane's father, said, "We were just happy we rescued the horses, we don't do this but for any other reason than the fact that we love horses."

All the men say they are just thankful they could step in and rescue the animals before it was too late. 

"The pasture where the horses were is flooded now, we were there about 3 o'clock yesterday (Wednesday) so by now they would be under water," explained Shane.

Shane says the horses will be at Pope Ranch for a while, but all of the horses were checked by a veterinarian and doing well. 

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