A man in South Carolina was all praise for the dog that saved his life. Mason Ringer was on a lunch break with his friends when they decided to out on the Okatie River, but things didn’t turn out well and the boat capsized.
“One of the guys went to stand up to change his position in the boat, and the wind came and the boat flipped over and put all of us in the water,” Ringer told.
It was difficult for them to get back to the dock as they were swimming against the current. “I took my shoes off and ripped my hoodie,” Ringer said. “I got 75 percent across, but because the water was cold I started to cramp up in my legs.”
The 24-year-old gave up and stopped swimming as he thought that he wouldn’t make it. “I rolled over on my back and I closed my eyes and said a prayer to God asking him to help me somehow,” Ringer said. “Then I heard the dog bark on the dock.”
Fortunately, his prayers were heard and the next moment he heard something. It was a dog barking on the dock. The yellow Labrador jumped into the water and Ringer was able to grab the animal’s collar as the pup pulled him to the shore. Ringer had already been in the water for an hour.
“When I saw the dog was coming in, I was skeptical thinking I am going to drown this dog while he was trying to save me,” Ringer said. “It was almost effortless for him to pull me in.”
The heroic dog belonged to the owner of the property where Ringer had been working. Ringer said he couldn’t be more grateful for the animal’s help.
“I went home and kissed my babies,” he said. “I was definitely overwhelmed with joy. I saw the dog the next day. He recognised me. He was staying close to me for a little while.”