Dylan Berian was boating with his friends off Florida when he saw a small dog floating in the waters nearby.
Berian didn’t hesitate and jumped right in with his clothes on. Berian’s friends from Fort Lauderdale rescued him with his collar on.
“The dog warmed up to us instantly. As soon as he got on the boat, he was shaking, but after about five minutes, the dog calmed down and seemed quite happy to be on a stable boat rather than getting drowned by waves,” Inside Edition: Berian.
The dog’s name “Zuko” was on his tag, along with his owner’s phone number.
Zuko is now reunited with his owner and is doing well.
“They gave us the dog, and I started crying all over again like a crazy person,” Zuko’s owner, Anais Avila, told Inside Edition.
Avila says Zuko was having a great time on her family’s boat when they suddenly realized the pup was gone. The boaters found him in the sea for over an hour.
“I’m so grateful for them because they saved me from such a huge heartbreak,” Avila said.