This Guy Risked His Life to Save a Stray Dog Stranded in the Ocean
A very lucky dog was recently saved by a man in Russia who witnessed a very rare and unsettling event.
The dog was found floating on a small piece of ice in the port of Magadan, Russia. When the unfortunate pup was discovered, they had already managed to float more than 100 miles away from shore.
If the dog wasn’t rescued soon after being discovered, the ice would have melted and the poor animal would have likely drowned or froze to death in a very short period of time.
Thankfully for this dog, a group of sailors spotted him and one man was willing to risk his own life to save the scared pup.
As large ships traveled past the scared dog, it was completely at the mercy of the unforgiving ocean.
The hero of our story was a single man who put on a safety suit and allowed himself to be lowered into the freezing cold water. He then swam out to the dog, secured the ice they were floating on, and then swam back to the ship.
When the swimmer approached the dog, he was able to pull off the incredible rescue.
Here’s a video that perfectly captured the amazing rescue.
It’s pretty easy to see it was the middle of the cold season when the dog was rescued. All of the boats in the area are covered in a ton of snow and ice.
Not only was this dog rescued from a dire situation, it was also eventually returned to land and reunited with the owner. Amazingly, the owner’s fellow dogs were waiting for them to return when the sailors returned to shore.
Rescuers are not sure how the dog managed to float 100 miles away from land. It’s likely that the poor little dog was standing at the end of a waterway when a large chunk of ice broke free. The currents in the area are strong and it wouldn’t have taken long for the pooch to travel 100 miles.
We have to salute the men who took time out of their day to stop their work, determine a rescue plan, and jump into action. They could have left the poor dog to drown in the ocean, but instead, they lost time and money during their workday to make sure the dog was safe and returned to their home.
We have a feeling that none of the dogs from this pack will be attempting to stand too close to the waterway in the near future for fear of floating away.