Adopted Dog Saves Two People from Drowing in Riptide

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A recently adopted Bernese mountain dog became a hero when he saved two people who were being swept out into the ocean.

Too months ago, Dan and Vivian Clarke adopted Nico from a local shelter.  Nico was enjoying himself on the beach in Ventura, California last week when he noticed something was amiss.

A lady appeared to be struggling against the riptide.  The woman’s husband swam out to save her, but Nico was already on it.  Dan, a former lifeguard, couldn’t believe the instinct of his dog, who wasn’t known to have ever been in the ocean.


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He shouted for the woman to grab Nico anywhere she could.  With one arm around Nico’s chest, the woman was pulled to shallow water.  But his work wasn’t over.  The valiant dog swam out to retrieve the husband, who was also being swept away.

“The woman and the gentleman they were just exhausted. They just looked and said, ‘Is that, like, a trained life-saving dog?’” he told KTLA.  “That’s the first time I’ve seen him doing something like that.”

126 thoughts on “Adopted Dog Saves Two People from Drowing in Riptide”

  1. It is “drowning” not drowing. Good God, does anyone proof read these things before they are posted?

  2. Shelter dogs are the best dogs in the world. They know they were saved and they are so thankful for it. You will never be loved by anyone or anything the way you are loved by a dog.
    Go Nico!!!
    Go Dan and Vivian Clarke!!!

    • It is not just dogs who can help humans; heard a story several years ago a story of how a woman’s home was being broken into.
      “No way,” apparently thought the woman’s Siamese cat. It waited until the man was within leaping distance…and leapt. Landed on the guy’s head and shoulder, got busy with the claws.
      The jerk ran away, bleeding from many deep scratches inflicted by the protective cat! Now that is seriously wonderful.

  3. I do believe the grammar etiquette, was noted as in the Bio of the author, she was noted she had studied Grammar. So, that being said, a great story, did emerge of a dog saving lives that had’nt been trained to do so.
    A few errors overlooked, causes ? Loved English classes in school, such fun with hanging participles.
    Its OK, It is not a thesis, simply a story of a loving and intelligent dog. A person or persons, abandoned this dog. And yet the dog save unfamiliar people and should be applauded for doing so.

  4. Oh and neglected to point out, “downing, and drowning” are quite interchangeable depending on which side of the pond you reside.

  5. A “grammar enthusiast”? I guess intent counts for something, even if you can’t execute. What happened to editing as part of the print service? I’m still wondering what is going on with the statement he writes under her name and vice versa. What?!

    This dog MIGHT have been trained to do this. That’s the fun thing about adopting a pet. They sometimes have mysterious skills and talents.

    If you’re ever in a riptide….swim with the flow, not against it. The tide will typically carry you parallel to the beach and have a place where you can swim in to shore where the tide isn’t as strong. Fighting through the tide only wears you out and risks disaster. If there is a lifeguard station, look for the flags. Yellow means only experienced swimmers should swim and red means stay out of the water — period. I see so many tourists and crazy people with weak swimming skills head for the water on a yellow flag.


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