A German Shepherd is being hailed a hero after treading water for 11 hours to sᴀᴠᴇ her ᴏᴡɴᴇʀ’s ʟɪꜰᴇ.
A fisherman’s dog, Heidi, was spotted in Moreton Bay, Australia, floating next to a tackle box, a wet suit and other items from a boat that had capsized on Thursday morning around 6 a.m., according to the Queensland Police.
Emergency responders quickly collected the tired pup along with the equipment and brought them back to Manly Boat Harbour. Not long after, a full search was launched by Brisbane Water Police to search for Heidi’s ᴍɪssɪɴɢ owner.
A helicopter was urgently sent to this area with a group of ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇrs on board. Then they found the owner of all this stuff — ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ! He was already exhausted, but he held on to his overturned 4.1 metre boat.
The 63-year-old man was brought to safety and he explained to officers that how his boat had ʟᴏsᴛ power the night before and started to take on water. He was treading water for 15 hours as he hoped that someone would come to his ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ. He noted that his poor pooch, Heidi, would’ve been swimming for up to 11 hours as she tried to find someone to help.
Senior Sergeant Jay Bairstow from Brisbane Water said: “We would take this opportunity to remind boaties to plan for the worst when they’re out on the water. Always wear a personal flotation device and ensure that your safety equipment, including EPIRBs, are tested and in good order.”
“Thankfully there was a happy ending to this search and Heidi was able to be our honorary PD for the day.”
When Heidi was scooped up from the water she was taken to the vet to be assessed and came with a clean bill of health. She was given some food and got some much needed rest after paddling for nearly half a day, before waiting for the return of her owner.
To put a cherry on top, Queensland Police made Heidi an honorary police dog for the day.
It’s just another example of how dogs really are human’s best friend. Sure, there might be cats or birds that sᴀᴠᴇ the day, but canines are always there for us when we need them most.