NYC Harbor Police Rescue Dog Adrift 2 Miles From Shore

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New York City harbor police have rescued a dog after it was seen swimming two miles offshore.

The German Shepherd, Charlie, was imported to the US from a breeder in the Czech Republic, and his owner had just picked him up at JFK Friday night. Irina Frid says she blames jetlag and stress for Charlie’s decision to bolt through the front gate of her Manhattan Beach home as she was closing it Monday evening.

Frid jokes that Charlie decided to swim back to the Czech Republic. He ran straight for the water and dove in, swimming straight out to sea as Frid and a neighbor watched him bobbing and paddling for the horizon. Frid said she was helpless and heartbroken.

The young dog swam for forty minutes and had nearly disappeared from view when Frid noticed a boat approaching Charlie. NYPD officers Benjamin Reiver and Edward Carr had noticed the dog while on patrol and knew they had to act quickly. Charlie was exhausted and had stopped paddling. He was floating and just holding his snout above water as the officers used a dog noose to haul him to safety.

Frid met the police boat at a Kingsboro College dock, where she tackled Charlie and kissed him. According to the New York Daily News Charlie wasn’t the only one to get a smooch. She asked the two harbor cops if she could give them kisses too.

“Okay, if your husband allows it,” they told her.

“I told them to come to my house anytime for barbecue,” she added. “You’re like a godfather to Charlie now.”

Charlie showed signs of exhaustion but was in good condition otherwise.

30 thoughts on “NYC Harbor Police Rescue Dog Adrift 2 Miles From Shore”

  1. I wondered why the owner didn’t call anyone as well !!! Said she just stood there feeling heartbroken. No wonder she did not want to be interviewed. Video even states the police had to walk up and down to locate the owner once on shore, so apparently she must have thought, oh well…. Kind of sad.

    • YES, I agree Anne. Just let him go?? And you should know how to handle a dog if you are his/her guardian and what to do in emergency situations at all times, they should not have returned this dog to the ‘owner’, who knows it may have already happened again?

  2. Sandy, it tells you on the video that he’s back with his owner who is exceedingly glad to have him back. She had just picked him up from the airport on Friday after importing him from a breeder when he bolted & took off into the water. He is one lucky dog!

  3. I don’t know about anyone else but if my dog jumped into the water and started paddling out to sea I’d make it my business to stop them and bring them back in. I don’t want to knock the owner but what will she do if her dog runs into the street just stand there and hope it all turns out alright?

    • I so agree with you, I would have been right in there after him. I definitely would have called the police or someone for help too. I can’t believe she just stood there and watched him swim away! Nothing would keep me from trying to save my dog.

  4. Thanks guys for saving that wonderful dog, I just wonder why the owner didn’t was to be interviewed like maybe saying thank you and giving your guys a big hug

    • She didn’t adopt the dog at all. She bought him from a breeder overseas. No wonder the poor dog was freaked out after a long trip like that.


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