GOOD NEWS Dog Falls Overboard in Lake Michigan, Swims 6 Miles to Reunite With Family
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After a dog fell overboard in the middle of Lake Michigan, she swam more than six miles and walked 12 more to reunite with her family the following day.
Edward Casas told ABC News that he had been boating with his wife, Kristin Casas, on Sunday, when they they encountered a mechanical problem.
Edward said he went down to the engine room to solve the issue, while Kristin steered the boat.
During that time, he believes their 10-month-old Belgian Malinois puppy, Rylee, must have fallen overboard.
"Our hearts just sank," he said. "We were gone for maybe ten minutes, and then we couldn't find her anywhere on the boat and she was nowhere to be seen in the water."
They radioed a "dog overboard" call, which resulted in a search by nearby fishermen and other volunteers.
When no one found Rylee in the water, Edward and Kristin began to fear the worst.
Amazingly, a woman notified a local dog rescue the following morning that she had seen Rylee ashore at a nearby campground.
"It was amazing. She literally swam over six miles and walked over 12 miles more through the woods," said Lynn Fiedor, who runs a volunteer group in the area called the Lost Dog Search Team.
Fiedor notified Edward and Kristin, who quickly made their way to the campground for a tearful reunion.
Edward told ABC News there "was a lot of sobbing and a lot of hugging."
"Let me tell you, I'm not the kind of guy that cries, but, oh, did this make me cry," he said. "I am so proud of this dog."