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Angler’s dog swims for help in mishap



CARMEL (AP) — Man’s best friend became man’s best fishing buddy this week.
Al Lotrecchiano, 72, was fishing off his small boat in Lake Gilead with his springer spaniel, Bucky, on Wednesday when the boat overturned about 400 yards off shore.

While Lotrecchiano hung on to the side of the boat, Bucky swam to shore and ran home barking, Carmel Fire Chief Darryl Johnson said.

Lotrecchiano’s wife, Dimmy, stepped outside to see what was happening. She then heard her husband’s screams for help.

At about the same time, a neighbor called 911.

Two responding officers helped rescue Lotrecchiano, who was in the lake for about 45 minutes. He was treated for hypothermia.

“My life flashed before me,” he recalled Thursday.
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