Trio Of Fishermen Rescues 38 Dogs From Drowning In Lake

Three men fishing on a Mississippi lake were in the right place at the right time to save the lives of dozens of dogs.

The 38 hounds had been part of a fox hunt, but had gotten distracted and followed a deer into Grenada Lake in the north of the state earlier this month, according to media reports.

Bob Gist happened to be fishing on the lake with two others when they spotted the animals. It was clear that the dogs were not going to catch the deer, and the canines seemed lost and overwhelmed in the water.

“There were dogs everywhere,” Gist told The Associated Press. “They were kind of swimming in circles and didn’t know which direction to go.”

The dogs were at least 1 mile offshore and had been treading water for 45 minutes or more, WMC-TV reported. The animals’ panicked owners watched from the shore as Gist, his friend Brad Carlisle and fishing guide Jordan Chrestman pulled dogs from the water and loaded them into their boat.

Fisher Brad Carlisle, left, and fishing guide Jordan Chrestman bring one of three boatloads of dogs back to shore after they were found struggling to stay above water far out in Mississippi's Grenada Lake.
Fisher Brad Carlisle, left, and fishing guide Jordan Chrestman bring one of three boatloads of dogs back to shore after they were found struggling to stay above water far out in Mississippi's Grenada Lake. Bob Gist via AP

The first boatload was packed with over two dozen dogs before the trio headed out to retrieve the rest, making three trips in total.

Still, Gist wasn’t totally sure whether they had saved all the dogs in the lake or some may have drowned before they got there.

“We were scared to ask,” he told news site Jonesboro Right Now. “All I know is we rescued every dog we saw.”

The rescuers turned down reward money from the dogs’ owners, he said.

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