Dog Swims Over 6 Miles to Reunite With Family After Falling Off Boat

Recently a dog fell from a boat in the middle of Michigan lake, and seems like it swam over six miles back to shore and then walked 12 more miles to a campground and finally got reunited with her family the next day.

Edward Casas and Kristin Casas

Edward Casas, 56, told ABC News today that he and his wife 49-year-old Kristin Casas were boating on Sunday, and they faced a mechanical problem.

The man believed that Rylee, the 10 month old puppy of their son fell overboard while he was down in the engine room figuring out the issue and the wife was on top of the boat steering.

“Our hearts just sank,” he said. “We were gone for maybe 10 minutes, and then we couldn’t find her anywhere on the boat and she was nowhere to be seen in the water.” Edward stated he immediately made a “‘mayday dog overboard’ call over the radio.”

Edward Casas and Kristin Casas

One of the fishermen that responded to the call connected Edward to his wife, Lynn Fiedor, she runs a volunteer group called the Lost Dog Search Team.

Fiedor told ABC News today  that after she was informed that the dog was a Belgian Malinois — a working breed known for its intelligence and athleticism who was also getting trained to be a search-and-rescue dog she knew the pup would find her way back to shore.

“From there, it was just a matter of getting the word out as much as I could so that everyone in the area would be looking for this dog when she got to shore,” Fiedor said. She further explained that she contacted the local sheriff’s office, park rangers, Coast Guard and also posted an alert on her Facebook page of her group.

Even though the doy wasn’t seen by no one Sunday evening the hope came by a call following morning.

“A lady said she had seen the dog going into the Platte River Campground,” Fiedor said. “It was amazing. She literally swam over six miles and walked over 12 miles more through the woods.”

Fiedor alerted Kristin and Edward for the sighting immediately and they went out to search.

The couple were informed by Fiedor for the best way to attract lost dogs and made the couple to lay down the dogs toys around and also mark their scent around the truck.

Minutes after these the dog came out of the woods and approached them, the family were so happy having their canine back.


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1 Comment on "Dog Swims Over 6 Miles to Reunite With Family After Falling Off Boat"

  1. Richard L Budd | January 10, 2021 at 8:53 pm | Reply

    I’m so happy he was found!!!!!

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