A German shepherd named Heidi has been receiving lots of praise. This was after the good girl helped save her owner when the boat that they were on sank.
It was the morning of February 20, 2020, when a fisherman notified the police at Moreton Bay in Australia about the incident. The man spotted Heidi, who was swimming next to various floating items, including a tackle box, wetsuit, and many more that seemed to come from a bot that had been into trouble.
Heidi was immediately scooped up together with the other items. Then, she was brought to the vet for a checkup. Meanwhile, the Brisbane Water Police quickly conducted a rescue operation for the dog’s owner. The operation involved four police vessels, Rescue 500 helicopter, Marine Safety Queensland Jet Ski, Volunteer Marine Rescue, and Volunteer Marine Coast Guard.
Although the rescuers feared the worst, they thankfully found the 63-year-old man clinging to his capsized boat in Moreton Bay after a few hours. According to reports, the owner said that it was Wednesday evening, February 19, when his boat lost power and eventually got filled up with water.
The owner was taken to a local hospital, but he did not incur any serious injuries. The vet also confirmed that Heidi was uninjured. The police were amazed upon learning that Heidi had been treading water for around eleven hours as she waited for someone to help.
Brisbane Water Police Senior Sergeant Jay Bairstow gave Heidi some food. He also allowed the pup to rest comfortably at the police department’s OIC office while she waited for her human to return from the hospital.
The police officer took the opportunity to remind those who will go on boating that they should always plan for the worst. If people are out on the water, they should always wear their personal floatation devices. They should test their safety equipment too. Officer Bairstow said that thankfully their search had a happy ending. Heidi was even made an honorary police dog for the day.
Credit: Queensland Police Service