Dog Rescued After Drifting 15 Miles On Ice In Baltic Sea, Poland
A stranded dog was rescued in Poland on Monday after drifting for 15 miles on the ice of the Baltic Sea. The recent bout of extreme cold weather conditions and snowstorms left the dog stranded on ice where he was found 15 miles out in the Baltic Sea. Polish ocean scientists found the dog while out on their boat, the Baltica. He was shivering and cold from the -20C weather but otherwise seemed unharmed.
The dog's frozen odyssey came as Poland suffered through a winter cold snap, with temperatures dipping to below minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 Celsius).
The thick-furred male dog was found adrift on Monday, 15 miles out in the Baltic Sea by the crew of the Baltica, a Polish ship of ocean scientists carrying out research.
The Baltica boat's crew struggled to rescue the dog as he kept slipping from the ice and submerging in the water before fighting to climb back onto the ice again. The crew lowered a pontoon into the water at which point someone was able to reach down and pick up the dog by the scruff of his neck. The crew dried the dog, wrapped him in blankets, massaged his body, and fed him in order to aid his recovery. They named him Baltica after their boat.
The Baltica crew is currently moored in the city of Gdynia where they are searching for the dog's owner. A veterinarian who attended to the dog said he was approximately 5 years old, 44 pounds, and in good shape considering his ordeal out in the Baltic Sea.