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Kayaker Rescues Injured Dog Found Swimming at Sea: VIDEO


A kayaker off the coast of Sarasota came upon a dog on Saturday that had been badly injured and was swimming far out at sea, and posted the video of his rescue to YouTube. He pulled the terrified dog. a Viszla, aboard his craft and attempted to look for its owner.

After failing to find the owner, he brought it to the vet. The dog had an ID chip implanted, and returned 'Barney' to his owner. Turns out the dog had very good reason to be terrified.

He later updated his YouTube page with the sad reality of what had happened:

A 53-year-old Sarasota woman was hit and killed by a drunk driver, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers. It happened Saturday afternoon when troopers say Blake C. Talman, 22, was fleeing from another crash scene. Talman reportedly lost control of his Nissan Altima on State Road 758 north of Glebe Lane when troopers say he struck Donna L. Chen as she was walking her dog on a sidewalk.

According to authorities, the dog was also hit, and it ran away from the scene.

Watch the kayaker's film of the dog rescue, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Poor puppy! I hope he's OK and safe now.

    Posted by: Andreas | Jan 10, 2012 8:21:11 AM

  2. This story was on the local news yesterday here in the Tampa Bay area. The dog's clandestine rescue is the one happy and hopeful bit of an otherwise sad and tragic story.

    Condolences to the Chen family.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 10, 2012 8:27:38 AM

  3. so glad that dog was rescued........

    Posted by: Gay American | Jan 10, 2012 9:39:47 AM

  4. The dog looks so much like my Rhodesian ridgeback and my two friends' Vizslas. I have no idea why he got in the water, but I'm glad that he did. My dog would *never* enter water.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 10, 2012 11:45:51 AM

  5. awesome story but i dont get why there just happened to be a video camera set up and filming the whole thing, broadcast ready. any explanation for that? not to be cynical or anything but what the hell??

    Posted by: bd | Jan 10, 2012 12:04:53 PM

  6. What an incredible and tragic story. Thanks for sharing.

    As far as the video camera, I assumed that the kayaker fished a lot and wanted to document his prouder moments.

    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Jan 10, 2012 12:34:53 PM

  7. That's an amazing story. Poor pouch -- and poor pouch's human companion. I hope the dog finds a great new home.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 10, 2012 12:46:26 PM

  8. @BD: He has a camera running in case he catches a big fish.

    Posted by: endo | Jan 10, 2012 12:49:47 PM

  9. I am so happy that kayaker rescued this dog. Good guy!

    Posted by: rb | Jan 10, 2012 12:58:22 PM

  10. Good to see people like this guy exist going out of his way to help the scared pooch. Here's a link to the drunk driver of the car who hit the dogs owner and killed her.


    Posted by: Eric | Jan 10, 2012 6:42:38 PM

  11. See - there can be happy endings to sad stories. Even dogs can have their knights in shining armor. How tragic for the pup and the Chen family.

    Posted by: TyInTenn | Jan 10, 2012 7:21:48 PM

  12. As an owner of a viszla, I can appreciate how nervous this guy would have been. They are very loyal and very nervous about losing sight of their owner. A great breed but not without his quarks, and high energy. Off to take my guy for a 3 1/2 mile walk in the snow!!

    Posted by: Deb | Feb 24, 2012 2:13:10 PM

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