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Horse rescued from icy swimming pool

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

It was a high stakes rescue with a positive ending. A horse somehow wandered onto a neighbor's property and stumbled into their in-ground pool.

It took a while but fire crews in Georgetown were finally able to pull the horse to safety.

Firefighters say the horse, four-year-old April, is doing well, but early Monday morning, she made her way from her yard over to the neighbors. She then headed to the back yard, where she fell in the pool.

"With the snow and stuff on top of it, it looked like the ground," says Captain Thomas Barber, with Scott County Fire Department.

Firefighters were quick to help rescue the horse after falling into the pool on Cynthiana Road in Scott County.

"The pool was completely covered with ice. We had to break it to make a way for her to come out," Barber says.

Firefighters and the owner of four-year-old April, used what they could to get the horse out of the backyard pool.

"With the help of the owner, some of our guys were able to use a halter on the horse and just led it with some assistance to climb up the steps," Barber says.

The pool was eight feet at its deep end, and April was covered in water and about two inches of ice.

Firefighters say it is very fortunate they found her as soon as they did. Once crews removed April from the pool, they took her inside, dried her with towels, and kept her warm with blankets.

Not only did the ice and water in the pool make it difficult for the horse to get out, she was also caught up in the tarp covering the pool.

Firefighters say the horse was in the pool for about 15 minutes. A vet also came to check her out, and says she is okay.

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