Dog rescued after 100-mile journey on ice floe



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Sailors spot chilly canine ‘struggling not to fall into water' in Baltic Sea


Dog rescued from floating ice
Jan. 27: A dog is rescued in the Baltic Sea after riding down river on a chunk of ice and being swept out to sea.'s Dara Brown has the story.

updated 2:45 p.m. ET Jan. 27, 2010
WARSAW, Poland - A dog had a lucky escape when a boat rescued him from an ice floe that had carried him more than 100 miles up a river and out onto the Baltic Sea.
"My crew saw... a shape moving on the water and we immediately decided to get closer to check if it was a dog or maybe a seal relaxing on the ice," said Jan Joachim, senior officer aboard the Baltica.
"As we got closer to the ice floe we saw that it was a dog struggling not to fall into the water."
Ship engineer Adam Buczynski managed to scoop the dog off the floe onto an inflatable dinghy and wrapped him in a blanket.
"He didn't even squeal. There was just fear in his big eyes," said Buczynski.
'Right place at the right time'
The dog was first seen on the ice floe some 70 miles inland to the south on the Vistula river but firemen were unable to rescue him. When the Baltica crew found him, he had already drifted some 18 miles out to sea.
"We were in the right place at the right time," said Joachim, noting that they rescued him shortly before nightfall.
Crew members are now trying to locate the dog's owner.
Poland is in the grip of bitterly cold weather, with night temperatures in some areas falling as low as -31 Fahrenheit.

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