After falling overboard a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, a tiny dog miraculously survived. The puppy, a Jack Terrier named Jagermeister, was wearing a life vest, which helped him stay afloat for nearly three hours. However, just as he thought the ordeal was over, a few boaters spotted the exhausted dog and rescued him!
Bruce Knecht, who first noticed the tiny dog, gave him a second chance. For a birthday celebration, Bruce, his wife Robin, and another couple – friends of theirs – went on a boat trip. The boaters spotted something in the water off Hernando Beach, and as they got closer, they realized it was a helpless puppy struggling to keep its head afloat.
Bruce told Good Morning America, “At first, I thought it was a floating buoy in the water. Then I exclaimed, ‘Oh my goodness.’ I saw two brown eyes and almost mistook it for a child, so I immediately turned the boat around and headed for the dog.”
When the kind people realized there was a dog in distress, they rushed to help him. When he saw these strangers approaching him, the tiny puppy looked happier than ever! “He started paddling as fast as he could toward us as soon as he saw the bow of the boat come around, and I just leaned over and picked him up,” Bruce explained.
Michael Shawn’s wife, Sahr (the other couple), called the US Coast Guard after they dragged the dog to safety onto the boat. They had already begun looking for the dog after his owner informed them that he had gone missing at sea. Later that day, the Jack Terrier was reunited with his owner – who couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Jagermeister, thinking he’d been lost forever – and his rescuers were all present to witness the heartwarming moment.
Bruce’s wife described the experience as “amazing.” “The dog began licking the face of his owner. Everyone’s eyes welled up with tears.”
This reunion would not have been possible without the help of these wonderful people. On the other hand, the dog’s life was saved by wearing a life saving vest, and the credit for that goes to his owner!
“He was crying,” Sahr said. ‘I had given up, he said. I searched for as long as I could, but we couldn’t find him, and we assumed we’d lost him.’
In the video below, learn more about this miraculous rescue!