Swimming dog rescued from floodwaters in Edgecombe County

Posted October 9, 2016 7:31 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 1:38 p.m. EDT

— A dog captured on video swimming through floodwaters in Edgecombe County Sunday morning was one of multiple animals to be rescued in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the Coast Guard said.

The yellow labrador retriever was spotted swimming and then perched in a tree by Sky 5 on a tour of flood damage.

A Coast Guard swimmer tried to reach out and grab the lab as it swam, but the dog was too far away. It was later plucked from the water by a volunteer firefighter and taken to a shelter. Doug Craig, of the South Edgecombe Volunteer Fire Department, said the dog was rescued just before 3 p.m. and spent the night with the Maggie Society, a Wilson-based canine rescue group.

"Not long after the Coast Guard operation, we actually located the dog on our last trip into the area. the dog was actually swimming in the water and one of our team members was able to pull the dog into one of our rescue vehicles," Craig said.

Craig said the dog was tired, but otherwise happy to see them. He said his team rescued 20 dogs Saturday, along with 10 people.

Gov. Pat McCrory told WRAL News around 11 a.m. that the dog had been rescued by the Coast Guard, but he was referring to another dog.