Dog rescued by kayaker at sea near Siesta Beach has incredible – and very sad – story

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Hero kayaker comes ashore with injured dogA kayaker fishing off the shore of Siesta Key Beach, Florida, was amazed when a badly injured and exhausted dog swam up to his kayak. The kayaker pulled him onto the kayak, dried him off and paddled back to shore, where he discovered that the dog was bleeding and badly hurt.

Not knowing what happened to the dog or who owned him, he called his sister, who was nearby, and they drove the dog to a veterinary clinic. Sadly, it turned out that the traumatized dog Barney had been out running with his owner, Donna Chen, 53, when she was hit by a car and killed, about a mile from where the dog was found swimming.

Incredibly, the kayaker, Roy O’Connor, a tourist from Bellingham, Washington, had a video camera running at the front of his kayak and recorded the entire rescue. He posted his video to YouTube, and as you can imagine it has gone viral. “Our guess is that he was so freaked out and traumatized that he just wanted to get as far away from there as possible,” the kayaker wrote. “I feel lucky that I was there fishing, because there was no place for him to go and I don’t know if he could have made it much further.”

Barney was returned to relatives of the woman who was killed and is recovering.

O’Connor said he often records his kayaking excursions and posts them to YouTube. He never could have imagined he’d capture such an amazing story:

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