Horses rescued from certain death after they fall through river ice in Russia
Seven horses were rescued from surely certain death after they fell through the ice into a river in Russia on 16 February 2020
Unstable weather conditions in winter resulted in dangerously thin ice but the horses crossed it thinking it was as thick as usual (about 0.5m; 1.6ft) before they fell in.
The footage shows six horses struggling to get out of the cold water onto the ice. The men, horse breeders from Iglinsky district of Bashkiria, had already pulled out another animal.
One by one they pull the rest with a tractor and rope. The whole process took about eight minutes although the last horse took about three minutes to rescue as it resisted being caught with a rope.