Boston firefighters dive into the drink to rescue dog-tired retriever

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A 12-year-old golden retriever named Kai learned the hard way Sunday that the dog paddle isn’t so easy when trying to swim in the icy waters of Boston Harbor in February.

The dog-tired and thoroughly soaked pooch was rescued Sunday morning from Pleasure Bay about 200 feet from the shore of South Boston in a water temperature of approximately 38 degrees by members of the Boston Fire Technical Rescue squad and a Zodiac inflatable boat.

The team had just undergone water training last week, the Boston Fire Department said.

Kai was treated by Boston EMS, provided oxygen and sent to an area hospital for further evaluation.

Firefighters said the aged animal had been in the frigid water for as long as 40 minutes before they arrived at about 9:40 a.m. They said the dog’s owner told them Kai likes to swim, but ventured too far from shore and couldn’t get back.


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