Horse Rescued After Falling Into Dix Hills Swimming Pool

DIX HILLS, N.Y. (AP/ CBS New York) — A cold January night is no time to be jumping in a swimming pool — especially if you’re a horse.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with the stable owner and rescuers

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall in Dix Hills

mikey the horse Horse Rescued After Falling Into Dix Hills Swimming Pool

Photo Credit: Jaime Wendt

Long Island firefighters and police officers were summoned to a Dix Hills home Thursday night, where they found a horse that had escaped through a back fence from a nearby stable. He was in a neighbor’s 7-foot deep in-ground swimming pool, with only his head sticking above the water.

“I thought he was going to die,” Mikey’s owner, Jane Meisse, said. “I thought he was going to drown.”

The horse, named Mikey, was actually one of three that escaped. The other two were caught by police officers, but Mikey had apparently fled to the rear of a home on Carlls Straight Path.

Mikey apparently fell through the ice atop the swimming pool, where authorities found him. It took EMS officers and firefighters about 40 minutes to fish him out of the water.

“When I got into the pool I actually put my body on top of the horse and the horse was just as frozen as can be,” Firefighter Kris Tilles said.

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Photo/Sophia Hall

Tilles and firefighter Kevin Chadrjian suffered hypothermia afer jumping into the pool to help hoist Mikey out of the freezing water, Tom Magno, assistant chief of the Dix Hills Fire Department, said.

The two firefighters were taken to Huntington Hospital where they were treated for hypothermia and released Thursday night. Tillis said it happened so quick and didn’t realize how cold he got and how fast it affected him after just minutes in the pool.

Miraculously, Mikey is doing well. “Within an hour or two he was back to his normal self and wanting to eat,” Meisse said.

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  • Federico

    Those guys who jumped into the pool are amazing. Kudos to them..
    wonderful humans

  • Margot

    Long Island Fire Fighters…. What a great breed! ♥

    >>When I got into the pool I actually put my body on top of the horse and the >>horse was just as frozen as can be,” Firefighter Kris Tilles said.

    >>Tilles and firefighter Kevin Chadrjian suffered hypothermia afer jumping into >>the pool to help hoist Mikey out of the freezing water

    • Jimmy

      You can say that again. I
      I’m amazed that they could get him out.

  • charliecody

    What’s the big deal-he was just horsing around
    I wonder if he plans to sue for putting the video on the internet-!

    • James Saccardi

      He did ruin his cell phone!

  • charliecody

    Likje I always say,”A good brisk swim beats the hell out of the Glue Factory !Heeeeeeeeeeere’s to ya Trigger! Also why does Ann Coulter always have that derranged look on her face?Does she own a gun? Just a little food for thought!

  • Mike

    In NJ pool area must be fenced and water drained for the winter. Is it not the case in NY?

    • nyanntm13

      Good question!!

    • nyanntm13

      He jumped the fence!!!

    • Rugbyball

      Mike don’t know about that. My Brother in Law has an in ground pool in Asbury Park, NJ on Deal lake. He lowers the water by about a foot but that’s so when snow thaws and rain comes pool isn’t over full. He does cover it with some cover that apparently can hold a VW Beetle on it, at least that’s what the commercials say. But he has no gate, nor does all the other houses on his block that have pools.
      He has a fence around the property line however, maybe that is enough. But he definitely doesn’t drain out all the water, just a foot.

    • george

      NJ pools have to be fenced but there is no requirement to drain them for the winter. You must have a town requirement for that.

  • Matthew Breen

    The photo of the horse in the pool was taken by Jaime Wendt.

  • Margie

    Really Judy?? Chris and Kevin are HEROES! God BLESS you both for being so courageous!

  • Whistler

    Now THAT’S funny, Brian

  • jipm

    wonder if the horse will be charged with trespassing a private property

  • MJ

    Why wasn’t there a fence around the pool?

    • nyanntm13

      There is a fence! The horse jumped over it!!

  • Brian

    wonder was he texting and walking to?

  • Jon

    Who gives a darn about the pool how about the two people there for FREE and the animal!

  • Judy

    I wonder how much damage has been done to the pool

    • AB

      Wild horses, look at that !!

      As gran gran usta say. Examine everything.

      Good Luck,

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