During a Fourth Of July weekend, a pet owner and his enthusiastic dog went to Sunset Cliffs in San Diego for a swim. Somehow, the beach-loving pooch got separated from his owner and was swept towards a small cove where there were rough waters. The strong waves kept pushing the pup dangerously to the sharp edges of the cliff’s jagged rocks.
Fortunately, the owner was smart enough not to dive in after his dog. The waves could have swept him as well, making it riskier for him and his pet. While the pooch paddled furiously to stay afloat, his dad rushed to find trained professionals to rescue him.
Thankfully, he found two brave lifeguards from the San Diego Lifeguards and Fire Rescue Department right away.
Safe and uninjured
SD Fire-Rescue lifeguards K. Bechelder and K. Barry got a rescue board and immediately followed the distressed man to where his dog was. Slowly and carefully, the two brave men went down the small rocky cliff, balancing the board between them.
They then went into the rough sea, ensuring that every step was balanced and sure. Seeing two men coming for him, the dog paddled towards them. Once they were near, they placed the pooch on their board and guided him back to the shore. Thankfully, the pup was uninjured.
The dog owner was so grateful to have his pet back.
Heroes in red shorts
Pictures from the rescue mission were shared on the department’s Facebook page, and everyone lauded the two lifeguards for their efforts. Many even hailed them as heroes for saving the dog’s life.
According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, it was all in a day’s work. Many of their operations involved dogs and other animals. There was even a time when they needed to save a pup that was stung by a stingray.
Source: San Diego Fire-Rescue Department via Facebook