With Chainsaws The Town Came Together To Rescue Two Horses From A Frozen Lake

Wilhelm and Gunther, a pair of draft horses in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, escaped through their fence one freezing day and embarked on an adventure.Unfortunately, the 1,500-pound horses got themselves into some difficulty as they rushed directly into a frozen lake.

The ice beneath their feet cracked with a painful crack, and the two tumbled into the frigid lake.The horses became scared when they couldn’t get out, and the ice around them prevented them from swimming to shore.When a neighbor discovered them, he dialed 911, and emergency services were dispatched to save the scared horses.

“I noticed two horse heads protruding from the ice.” “That was the only thing you saw,” Blue Ridge Hook & Ladder Fire Company Chief Leon Clapper said.


“We weren’t going to be able to pick them up, set them on the ice, and slide them out in a boat because of the weight.

First rescuers began digging a tunnel from the coast to the horses’ trapped hole.
When word got out that the horses were in distress, neighbors flocked to the scene to provide a helping hand.


“Some of the other neighbors were horse owners, so they went out and bought heaters, blankets, and other items.” “It was, you know, a real team effort,” Chief Clapper added.

“Most guys are strong,” Milton Mosier, farm manager at Quiet Valley, said, “but it was really emotional when I saw them out there and just felt a bit powerless.”


“For a while there, we thought we were simply going to have to watch them slip away and have to rescue bodies,” says the narrator. “But then we realized we could do something about it and get them out of there.”


Hannah explained, “We were simply gung ho to collect anything we needed to get them out of there.”

Finally, the horses were dragged to the beach and placed beneath warm blankets erected by members of the village.

Wilhelm had minor wounds and an inflamed eye, but Gunther appeared to be well.

“You always worry whether it’s going to be a tragedy when you arrive here and you’re first on the scene and you see it,” Chief Clapper said. “And you saw the two horses move away,” says the narrator. It’s a pleasant sensation.”

Quiet Valley Living Farm posted on Facebook, “We cannot begin to thank all of the first responders, rescuers, and firemen that came to our horses’ aid.”

“We’d be telling an entirely different tale if it weren’t for them.” After assisting Wilhelm and Gunther, some of these incredible men and women need medical attention.”