Horse rescued from suburban New York swimming pool
A horse named Mikey escaped her fenced-in yard and became trapped in a neighbor's backyard swimming pool in suburban Dix Hills, New York, Thursday.
Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 03:04 PM
RESCUE: Fifty firefighters joined in a rescue effort, which took nearly an hour, and two later had to be treated for hypothermia. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
NEW YORK - A pair of New York firefighters are recovering from hypothermia, but a horse is safe and sound after a dramatic rescue, authorities said.
A horse named Mikey escaped her fenced-in yard and became trapped in a neighbor's backyard swimming pool in suburban Dix Hills, New York, late on Thursday, police said.
Fifty firefighters joined in a rescue effort, which took nearly an hour, officials said.
"The horse was in the middle of the pool," said Dix Hills Fire Chief Tom Magno. "We had two firefighters that went into the pool and used a fire hose under the horse to act as a hoist and pull it to safety."
Two firefighters had to be treated at a nearby hospital for hypothermia.
The pool's owner Donald Orofino said seeing the horse stuck was a "sad sight."
"Here is this poor animal stuck in six or eight feet of water, freezing to death," he said. "These guys tried everything to get him out. They even had a crane."
Mikey's owner Jane Meisse said the horse escaped her property through a broken fence and wandered to the pool two streets away.
She said the 13-year-old horse, which she won in a raffle, was safe at home on Friday but Meisse was shaken.
"I am still scared," she said. "I have never had anything like this happened to me."
(Reporting by Sophia Hall, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune)
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