What an amazing story!
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,” Jan Joachim, senior officer aboard the Baltica, told Reuters Television.
After the ship maneuvered closer, the crew realized that is was a dog struggling to stay on the ice floe. The ship’s engineer managed to transfer the dog into an inflatable dinghy and then wrap him in a blanket.
The dog was first seen on the ice floe some 100 km (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 24 km (18 miles) out to sea.
What an adventure! Authorities are looking for the dog’s owner.