Two 1500-pound Clydesdales were rescued from an icy Pennsylvania lake after they escaped their enclosure Saturday morning.
They were discovered with their heads sticking out of the frigid water of Pine Grove Lake at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm.
The two horses broke through the ice into 10 feet of water — about a football field length from shore.
Emergency responders used a boat to cut a rescue path through the ice then secured ropes and bands around the horses to begin pulling them to shore. As word spread about the horses’ dilemma, the community responded with blankets and heaters.
With Wilhelm and Gunther near exhaustion after about an hour in the icy water, both were finally rescued.
“You’ve got to trench your way to get them back because of the weight. There was no way we were going to pick them up, put them on the ice and slide them out in a boat,” said Chief Leon Clapper of Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder Fire Company.
The horses are eating and drinking normally and have been checked out by a veterinarian.
They will be monitored throughout the night for signs of medical problems.