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December 23, 2013

Video: Mo. crews rescue horses from frozen pond

Firefighters used a chainsaw to cut a path so the horses could get out


WARREN COUNTY, Mo. — Warrenton Firefighters rescued two horses that fell through the ice of a lake Thursday.  It happened just two days after the crews practiced for ice rescues in their new protective suits.

There seems no doubt that Meadow is glad to be back on dry land and so is Meadow’s partnerZihna. Both horses escaped a life threatening situation after falling through thin ice in Warren County.  Their owner Tina Churchill had trouble watching the ordeal.  Churchill said, “It was gut wrenching. I was horrified. It was a piece of my heart when you raise these babies. We bred the mares. I saw them born.”

Her husband called Warrenton firefighters for help. Instead of a 200 pound human, they would use their skills to bring two half ton horses to safety, it was dangerous.  Fire Chief Michael Owenby said, “They were struggling. They were having a difficult time. We knew we needed to get them out as quick as possible.”

Full story: Firefighters rescue two horses from icy lake

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