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Young Labrador retriever rescued from Intracoastal Waterway by boat captain

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It was a lucky day for a young, black Labrador retriever in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday evening. No one knows why the pooch was swimming in the Intracoastal Waterway reports the

Captain Chase Hawkinson had been returning from a towing job when he saw something moving around near the jetty. At first he thought it was a swimmer, but as he got closer, he saw that it was a dog. Hawkinson had also seen a couple relaxing on the beach, and thought the dog might have belonged to them; maybe the dog had accidentally ventured too far out into the water and found himself in a lot of trouble.

As Hawkinson closed in on the dog, the scared pooch swam away, but with persistence the captain was finally able to pull the little guy onto his boat.

When Hawkinson approached the couple on the beach, they had no idea who the dog belonged to, and it's all quite a mystery. In the meantime, the captain seems to be "taking a liking" to the adorable little pooch, and stated:

"No tags, nothing. Just a pretty little Lab. I guess I’ll hold on to him now and try to find whose it is. (They can) definitely get in contact with me. They can have their dog back.”

Hawkinson does plan to take the dog to a vet to see if his new little pal has a microchip. In the meantime, if anyone recognizes the pooch, please contact News4Jax.

Need a smile about someone very kind in this world? Watch the video of Captain Hawkinson's description of the pooch's rescue by clicking here.

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