Man makes driftwood raft to rescue his dog but ends up needing to be rescued himself
April 16, 2012 · 12:09 PM
Mountain View Fire & Rescue and King County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit rescued a man and his dog on the White River between Auburn and Enumclaw on Sunday.
At about 5 p.m., the man and his dog, Dozer, were stuck on the opposite side of the river but were not in immediate danger and did not suffer any injuries.
Two men and a dog, Dozer, were on a river bank for the day when Dozer saw a splash in the water and jumped in to investigate. The river current quickly took Dozer downstream and the man ran on the shore trying to call him in. Unfortunately, the man lost sight of the dog after the dog floated approximately 200 yards downstream.
The man thought that that his dog had drowned after losing sight of Dozer. Fortunately, the man saw Dozer on a sandbar a few minutes after losing sight of him. The man said that Dozer was anxious and wanted to get back to his owner. The two men then created a makeshift raft out of driftwood and shoestrings. The man then floated across the river to the sandbar to get to Dozer.
Dozer was wet, cold and tired after his ordeal in the river, and his owner was wet and cold from his trip on the makeshift raft. They were on the opposite side of the river for about four hours when he called 911.King County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit and Mountain View Fire & Rescue Swiftwater Team launched a boat across the river to pick up the man and his dog, then brought them back over safely.
Authorities suggest that people have life jackets nearby anytime they are near a river and be sure to keep dogs on leash so they don't get into trouble.