A sunny summer’s day at the beach in the port town of Palinuro in Italy turned treacherous when a 15-year-old girl was swept out to sea by a strong current.
But thanks to a pair of furry, four-legged lifeguards, and their handlers, the flagging swimmer was safely brought back ashore.
Italian media reported the incident after it was captured on video by one of the persons who assisted bringing the young girl ashore and posted on Facebook—where it went viral.
Members of the SICS (Italian School of Rescue Dogs), humans and dogs working in concert, are seen braving fierce waves to reach the girl.
“Luna, a young honey-colored Labrador, managed to reach her first,” the group posted on their Facebook page, recalling the harrowing incident. “Together with her human teammate they secured her [to a rescue buoy] and started the difficult return maneuver. Meanwhile, the second team also caught up with them. The girl was able to cling directly to the mighty Igor to finally be rescued by her friends who were expecting her worried on the shore.”
Judging by the video, the young lady was okay—she was still conscious and able to walk, though appeared somewhat shaken by the incident.
(Courtesy of SICS Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio-Tirreno)
She is seen walking safely ashore and then sitting on the sand to rest.
The incredible footage taken that day garnered plenty of praise for the fearless canines, who selflessly fulfilled their duty to rescue her, garnering over 10,000 likes and more than 4,000 shares.
The training group has been active for the past 25 years and has “saved the lives of hundreds of people,” their Facebook page states.
SICS is the “largest world organization dedicated to the preparation of nautical rescue dogs and their handlers,” they add.