In an extraordinary rescue, a team of dog lifeguards pulls a young girl from a strong ocean current. The best swimmers can get whisked away in an instant in this ocean. Becoming submerged, leaving them to fight for their lives to stay afloat.
It was fortunate that the dogs from SICS Italian School of Rescue Dogs were on hand this day.
Ilenia, a 15-year-old girl, was enjoying a day at the beach with her friends when things suddenly turned tragic. After taking a quick dip in the ocean, Ilenia suddenly found herself in an emergency situation as a strong riptide battered her.
Lifeguards and rescue dogs are always on standby in Palinuro, Cilento due to the unpredictable currents that can pull you out to sea.
Rescue teams from SICS have plenty of experience and knowledge on the behavior of currents when it comes to escaping sudden riptides.
In seconds, Ilenia found herself ripped from her friends and winding her way towards the bottom of the sea. The strain of paddling made her arms too tired, so a rescue by water was her only hope.
Lifeguards, Luna and Igor, reacted immediately when Ilenia’s struggles became apparent. Capturing this amazing rescue effort on camera.
As the footage begins, Luna, a tan Labrador Retriever, and her handler catch up with Ilenia. They managed to pull Ilenia onto their rescue buoy. This allowed her to pause from her frantic paddling.
It wasn’t long before Igor, the black Labrador, caught up to Luna and Ilenia. He then led them back to shore.
With Igor leading the way, the group made a chain as they pushed through the waves and made their way back to shore. Of course, Ilenia was clearly exhausted. While everyone stumbled onto the beach. She dropped to the ground immediately beside her friends, likely shocked at what she had just experienced.
Watch the fantastic rescue by the lifeguards below:
Although Ilenia’s experience with the rescue was unique. It is a routine occurrence for the SICS Italian School of Rescue Dogs team. Dogs are trained in all forms of operational nautical rescue. Making them competent to respond to all kinds of water emergencies.
The dogs from this academy will go on to save countless lives in the future.
Our thanks go out to Luna and Igor for helping save Ilenia. And we appreciate their continued assistance to many others in the future.
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