Sometimes you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. 53-year-old Donna Chen of Sarasota, Fla., was taking her dog Barney for a walk Saturday afternoon when she was struck and killed by a drunk driver.
Drivers stopped, but Chen was beyond help. Barney was so frightened that he took off running and jumped into the Gulf of Mexico. Barney was injured from the accident, and his panic sent him into a state of confusion causing him to swim out further away from shore.
Luckily, a man who was out fishing in his kayak saw the dog struggling in the water about a mile away from the site of the accident. “Our guess is that he was so freaked out and traumatized that he just wanted to get as far away from there as possible,” he says. “I feel lucky that I was there fishing, because there was no place for him to go and I don’t know if he could have made it much farther.”
The harrowing rescue was captured on tape because the fisherman always keeps his onboard camera rolling just in case he catches “the big one.” You can watch the video below.
Barney is now back with his family, albeit slightly banged up and missing his Mom. Thankfully, someone was in the right place at the right time to rescue Barney.
Our hearts here at TAILS go out to the Chen family and their friends.