Coronado Lifeguards Help Rescue Overboard Dogback
Contact: Janine Zuniga; (619) 522-7340
CORONADO, Calif. (September 16, 2013) - Responding to a call of a dog overboard somewhere along the City's coast, Coronado Lifeguards participated Friday with federal lifeguards to help rescue the waterlogged animal.
The call came in at 11:40 a.m. that the canine had gone missing from the deck of small private fishing vessel somewhere between Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. No one witnessed the 40-pound dog go overboard.
The dog, named Lola, had been in the water for about one hour and was not visible to the vessel's crew, who said the brown and white Terrier had on a yellow life jacket.
Lifeguards worked with North Island Lifeguard Services to determine the best course of action. Based on the water conditions, rescuers quickly set a search pattern that had rescuers form a line to rake the surface and cover as much of the 57-degree water as possible.
Coronado Lifeguard Christian Bond spotted something yellow in the water off Silver Strand State Beach at about 12:30 p.m. and headed toward the object.
"I made my way over there and she looked frightened so I jumped in to get her," Bond said.
Bond used a
float coat to warm and shield the cold and lethargic dog from the water while heading
back to the fishing vessel. There, Lola and the captain and crew
were happily reunited. Bond said the owner thanked the lifeguards and said he
didn't know what he would do without her.