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A Trio of Lifeguard Dogs Rescue 14 People Swept Out to Sea Off an Italian Beach

Eight children were among those swept out to sea in Sperlonga, Italy, and rescued by canine lifeguards.

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Late this summer, when several families were imperiled by strong wind and wave conditions while 330 feet from shore, three canine lifeguards and their trainers rushed in to save the day. With the help of their human companions, the 3 specially trained dogs, Eros, Mya, and Mira pulled everyone to safety in about 15 minutes!

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In Italy, an elite squadron of 350 specially-trained canines from the Italian School of Water Rescue Dogs has successfully been patrolling the beaches, working as lifeguards. Units consisting of one dog and one trainer, are tasked with watching over approximately 30 of the country’s busiest beaches.

Italy is currently the only country to recognize certified canine lifeguards, but training centers are being set up for dogs in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, and the Azores, with SICS eager to spread its safety net to encompass wider waters across the world.

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Thanks to their willingness to perform, strength, and fearless exploits—including leaping from helicopters into the surf below to rescue at-risk swimmers—an average of 20-30 lives are saved annually by the doggie guards, and that number continues to climb each year.