Rescue Team Saves Husky from Drowning

In Presque Isle Bay, onlookers were panic-stricken when a Husky began to drown. Arthur Benjamin of Palm Beach discusses the heroic efforts that saved the dog’s life:

Source: Erie Firefighters IAFF Local 293 (Facebook)

Drowning, of course, is not exclusive to humans. Even a dog who is otherwise a strong swimmer can fall victim to a drowning attack. That’s exactly what happened on Monday morning this week, when a Husky and his family were visiting the Presque Isle Bay. Suddenly, tragedy struck and the dog began to struggle to stay above water. Although the owner did not notice right away, a group of fishermen did. The men immediately called 911 when they were unable to get out to help the dog in the water.

Erie Firefighters IAFF Local 293 rushed to the scene, with scuba gear in tow. Wasting no time at all, scuba diver Andy Lenko, a firefighter on Engine 8, strategically jumped into the water. Luckily, the Husky was rescued in this effort! He was then transported to an area shelter, where he was later reunited with his owner.

This incident is a reminder to all that animals can drown, too. While parents must keep a close eye on children while in the water, the same can be said about their pets.



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Arthur E. Benjamin

Arthur E. Benjamin

Arthur Benjamin Palm Beach Philanthropist & Entrepreneur, recently launched nonprofit: Action to End Drowning.