O'Marcus the horse quietly snacked on hay Monday afternoon. You would never guess that just an hour earlier he was being rescued from the swimming pool.
O'Marcus wandered through an open gate in his Morrisville paddock, and into the back yard. "My husband was so proud because he got the pool put away early -- and the pool cover was holding his weight and his head was out of the water but just barely. His nose -- it was at his nostril level, said Joanne Lawton, O'Marcus' owner.
Lawton slid into the deep end of the pool and held her horse's head in her lap as she frantically called 911 and others to come help. Her neighbor, Greg, arrived and they tried to get some sort of sling under the animal. "It was hard because he was laying on the cover and anything we put in the pool to get underneath him just sunk to the bottom of the pool," Lawton said.
The rescue crew arrived and had some thick webbing that would do the trick -- but there still was a problem. "Greg slid it into the pool, but it still would not float back up. So my horse was so calm and quiet not struggling. I slid into the water in front of him and I still couldn't reach, so I went under water and finally grabbed the canvas and we got it up around him," Lawton said.
With the sling secure, rescue workers winched the horse out of the pool, and after a few moments he was able to stand and was happy to walk out of the back yard, back to the paddock.
O'Marcus suffered a few scrapes and bruises and Lawton figured he is probably going to be sore for the next couple of days, but under the circumstances, it could have been so much worse.
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