An American police horse named 'Kam' fell into New York's East River May 26 and was rescued two hours later by crowds of policemen who scurried to the scene from all over lower Manhattan.
GV Rescue operation in progress.
SV Horse in water with policeman tending.
GV Onlookers pan to horse with policemen.
MV Horse in harness.
GV Rescue in progress.
SV Policemen holding ropes.
SV Horse raised.
SV Horse back into water.
SV Officials with Loud Hailer.
GV Horse being raised.
SV Reaches bank.
CU Horse with blanket.
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Background: An American police horse named 'Kam' fell into New York's East River May 26 and was rescued two hours later by crowds of policemen who scurried to the scene from all over lower Manhattan.
Before Kam was pulled out, to the hearty cheers of 500 spectators, the rescue involved the combined efforts of: Scores of officers, police launches, a helicopter, emergency service equipment. Sanitation Department vehicles, a crane and two Assistant Chief Police Inspector.
Kam, a 7-year-old bay celding weighing 1400 pounds, was on duty with mounted patrolman John Jezsek at a Wall Street pier where a banana boat was being unloaded. Something apparently frightened the horse, which bolted and fell. The patrolman tumbled off onto the pier and Kam rolled over into the river. While rescue forces were being marshalled, the patrolman and two fellow mounted police shed their uniforms and jumped into the river in an effort to soothes the frightened horse.
The animal keep darting under the pier, to stand where the water was shallow, then back out into the river to swim about. While a police helicopter hovered overhead, officers in three police launches managed to get a 'bellyband' underneath Kam, plus lines to lift the horse out. These did not hold.
Another set was tried and at last Kam was hoisted from the water by a crane, put down on the pier and covered with a blanket. A veterinarian made a quick check and pronounced the horse fit except for a slight abrasion on the right flank. Kam was then taken by van to a stable for rest and a rubdown. The three policemen who jumped into the river were taken to a hospital to be treated for submersion, abrasions and confusions.