Nicole Graham was out riding with Paris, her daughter, when they suddenly sank into the mud. Nicole was able to help free her daughter’s horse, but Astro, weighing nearly 500 kg (over 1,000 lbs) kept sinking deeper and deeper. With the rising tide, they knew they did not have much time. Nicole knew she had to do something.
Astro’s efforts to struggle free only forced him deeper into the quicksand-like mud. Nicolefrantically tried to help her companion of 18 years, but only dug herself deeper in the mud with him.
Paris ran to their car so she could call for help, while Nicole waited with Astro. Keeping his head above water, she also tried to keep him calm during this terrifying experience
The rescue crew arrived, but they still needed to find a way to free Astro from the mud. In an effort to calm him, he was given a sedative.
For the first time since this harrowing event started, Nicole had to leave Astro’s side.