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Carcasses of Dead Horses Free from Icy Pond

The carcasses of all 12 horses who were found in the frozen Bessastaðatjörn pond, near Reykjavík, yesterday, have been freed from the ice. Divers broke through the ice and a helicopter from Reykjavík Helicopters heaved the dead horses out of the pond.

The carcasses were placed on a truck and will be taken to the owners. Seven of the horses belonged to tour company Íshestar. The company’s stable manager, Einar Þór Jóhannsson, told that they “want to bury the poor animals before Christmas.”

The operation only took 30 minutes.

The horses’ owners realized that they were missing on Saturday and couldn’t find them anywhere. Yesterday they were spotted in the pond by the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter on a surveillance flight.

The horses are believed to have wandered onto the ice and not been able to crawl back on land after they fell through. Horses have been kept on the land in Álftanes, which belongs to horse association Sóti, for tens of years without an accident occurring.

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