Dramatic video shows Alberta firefighters rescuing horses from icy pond
Published Monday, April 17, 2017 1:36PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, April 17, 2017 8:37PM EDT
Firefighters from three Alberta municipalities were called in to save horses that fell through the ice on Sunday.
The dramatic rescue was captured on camera and showed 35 firefighters from Hythe, Beaverlodge and Grande Prairie using chainsaws to cut away the ice surrounding the group of horses swimming in the icy waters.
Firefighters were able to rescue seven of the ten horses that fell into the pond, located in a field off of Hwy. 43, about 65 kilometres west of Grande Prairie, Alta.
In video of the rescue efforts, a couple of the horses can be seen gingerly walking across the ice after being pulled from the water.
Trevor Grant, Fire Chief for the County of Grande Prairie, said that two of the horses died from exhaustion and the other succumbed to its injuries.
Grant said the rescue efforts were especially difficult due to the fact that the horses are a wild type used in rodeos, as opposed to more docile riding horses.
With files from CTV Edmonton