You never know what you’ll find on the water, but one group of boaters was taken aback when they discovered a puppy, lost and defenseless.
Thankfully, they came to the dog’s rescue and carried him back to land, where he is now safe.A small white puppy was struggling in the water when it was discovered by a group of friends out on the ocean in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Bryn Crowell, a passenger on the boat, told WSVN, “I noticed something in the water and at first I was thinking, like, ‘it sorta looks like a dog.'” “A split second later, it occurred to me that it was a dog.”
They had no choice but to help the unfortunate dog.Dylan Berian, another boater, dragged the dog onto the boat before diving into the sea.Bryn documented the rescue and shared it in a now-viral TikTok video that has nearly 12 million views:
“You could tell he’d just had the swim of his life,” Bryn told The Dodo.
Despite being startled and wet, the dog was unharmed.He was still wearing all of his collars, indicating that he had probably fallen off a boat unintentionally.
“The dog warmed up to us right away,” Dylan told WSVN. “As soon as it got in the boat, it started shaking, but after about five minutes, the dog calmed down and seemed quite content to be on a stable boat rather than being drowned by waves.”
Zuko, the family dog, had unintentionally fallen off the family boat.The boats were able to contact the family and quickly bring them back to land where they could be reunited with their dog after a terrifying adventure.
“I’m really thankful for them because they saved me from such a terrible heartbreak,” said Zuko’s owner.
“We phoned and could tell they were weeping and unhappy on the phone conversation,” Bryn told The Dodo. “When we brought Zuko back, we saw [his owners] hugging him and sobbing.”
Zuko’s unintentional fall from the boat was terrible, but he is now well, and his family is determined not to repeat the incident.In a later video, Bryn showed a text message from the owners in which Zuko was wearing a brand-new life jacket.Even if your dog is an excellent swimmer, ALWAYS wear a life jacket when boating!
We’re so glad this dog is safe! Thank you to these boaters for saving Zuko and helping to reunite him with his family!