Dog leaps into action and saves Mason Ringer from drowning in a South Carolina river.
The Island Packet reports it was pure luck Woody was outside Wednesday when 24-year-old Mason Ringer was struggling in the Okatie River.
‘I don’t think he had 30 minutes left. He was convulsing and shaking violently,’ said the dog’s owner, Jason DuBose, to WJCL. ‘He was not very coherent so he was definitely in the throws of hypothermia’
The dog jumped into the choppy, 58-degree (14 C) water and pulled Ringer toward a nearby dock.
DuBose added: ‘He was essentially going under and he was yelling for help. The dog was on the dock and jumped in the water and swam out to him.
‘He grabbed a hold of it and it turned around and swam him back to a different dock where he was able to get out.’
A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report says Ringer and his two co-workers were refurbishing another dock and had gone out in a john boat during their lunch break.
When the boat overturned, one man managed to swim and get out of the river, while the other was pulled out by three men in a boat who responded to a passerby’s emergency call.
I don’t think he had 30 minutes left. He was convulsing and shaking violently. He was not very coherent so he was definitely in the throws of hypothermia
Ringer says he owes Woody a big steak after the ‘miracle.’
All men were reported out of harms way, with two returning to work the next day.