KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A dog is back home safe with its owners after being rescued from Tongass Narrows by a pilot who had just landed a floatplane when he spotted the animal struggling in the water.
The Ketchikan Daily News report pilot Mike Hudgins pulled the miniature sheltie named Misty from the water Sunday. The animal had been swimming alone in the channel between the Ketchikan International Airport ferry dock and Taquan Air's floatplane dock when he was alerted to the dog.
Hudgins had finished giving a floatplane tour when he called out to Misty, who was about 40 yards ahead of where he landed.
He was able to get the dog close enough to pull her out.
A microchip helped locate owner Sean Inlow, who says he plans on getting Misty a life vest.