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tomg



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:57 am    Post subject: Dog Rescued by Windsurfers Reply with quote

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/On-the-way-home-boater-rescues-dog-from-SF-Bay-4727557.phpu



(08-12) 21:36 PDT BERKELEY -- Berkeley resident Adam Cohen's already atypical commute home from San Francisco in a motorized inflatable boat turned even more unusual Monday evening when he helped a group of windsurfers rescue a dog from the middle of the bay.

Cohen, 55, vice president of engineering for a tech startup in the Presidio, was heading east across the bay with a co-worker when he saw a group of five windsurfers, sails down, in the water about a quarter mile off the end of the abandoned section of the Berkeley Pier - perhaps two or three miles from shore.

Concerned they might be in trouble, he stopped to check. The windsurfers were fine, but they were huddled together in the water around a waterlogged black dog - possibly a Labrador-pit bull mix - they had placed atop one of the boards. One of the windsurfers was on a two-way radio, trying to convince the Coast Guard to rescue the dog.

"She was way out there." he said. "It looked like she was trying to swim to Angel Island."

Cohen offered to take the dog, which had a collar but no tags, to his North Berkeley home and then to the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society in the morning.

The bay was a bit choppy so it took a while to maneuver his 22-foot Raider 665 into position.

"Then we reached down, picked her up and put her in the boat," Cohen said.

The dog was shaking and seemed disoriented. He took her home, put her on a pad and wrapped her in a blanket. A couple of hours later, she seemed to be recovering, Cohen said.

"She's not eating or drinking yet, but she's gotten up and taken a couple of walks in the yard," he said.

On Tuesday morning, Cohen plans to take the dog to the humane society, hoping she has an implanted identification chip or that someone has reported her missing.

But there could be a change of plans.

"My wife says we should keep her," he laughed.

Michael Cabanatuan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: mcabanatuan@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ctuan
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read about this last night in SF Gate. To those who rescued the dog - nice work!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While a group of us helped out, the real hero was Ed Coyne. He somehow spotted the black dog swimming in the breaking swell, got her onto his board, and stayed with her until we were able to flag down the RIB. Buy that man a beer!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rescuer was Ed Coyn of "Crissy Crystal"fame, with the help of John Newman(Crissy Crystal President), WB & Daniel. Quite a feat in the fog with seals around, good eyes. So glad it had a happy ending.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woof!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

windoggie wrote:
Woof!


ditto!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done for those who saved the dog! Was it hard to get the dog on the board? Did he/she try to jump off??
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

see now if you all had been on Formula boards you would have had plenty of room! ...dog AND a dog house.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Driving around Richmond/El Cerrito delivering meals saw a "Lost Black Lab" flyer posted. Called the owner and she still hasn't found her dog lost in the same area. Might be this dog? Have her number and am looking for a way to put her in touch with whoever is taking care of the dog now. Great job and a tip of the cap to all the rescuers.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@glazier PM me and I can connect you with the dog's current guardians.
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