Baltic the mongrel drifted 20 miles out to sea on river ice — and survived
A dog which drifted for four freezing days on river ice has been rescued nearly 20 miles out to sea by scientists who initially mistook him for a seal. The plight of the mongrel dubbed ‘Baltic’ gripped the Polish media who logged various doomed rescue attempts on his chilly 125-mile journey.
However the men onboard the Baltica soon found saving the stranded dog was by no means plain sailing. First they tried to catch the dog in a net on a pole but when that failed they had to drop a pontoon with crewmen. Seaman Adam Buczynski said: 'We tried to sail as close as possible but as we approached the boat pushed the ice and the dog was sliding off. 'The dog didn’t even yelp but you could see the fear in his eyes.'
He said: 'We were just at the right place at the right time.' And he added that few boats chart those waters at that time of year. 'Baltic was drifting with the current further and further out to the open sea. He would have gone further if we hadn’t seen him.'
But Captain Jachim may not have seen the last of Baltic, the salty seadog. If no-one claims him, the lucky hound will be adopted as the ship's mascot.