When the crew of a grounded fishing vessel lost their beloved puppy, the Coast Guard jumped into action to rescue the pooch from Black Point in Kodiak Island.

After a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew, aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, conducted an over-flight of the grounded fishing vessel Laura, the crew located and rescued a puppy belonging to one of the crewmembers.

The 8-month-old, 80-pound pit bull/black lab mix named Grace was located on a cliffside near the grounded vessel. After spending almost two days on her own, Grace was safely transported back to her owner, who was waiting at the air station in Kodiak.

“She wagged her tail a little bit and told me that she was doing okay,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Rafael Aguero, a rescue swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. “The puppy spent 36 hours between the bow of the ship, the breaking surf and then the rocky shoreline. It was a happy moment to reunite the puppy with the owner.”

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Rafael Aguero, a rescue swimmer with Air Station Kodiak, coaxes a puppy into his arms, Nov. 2, 2021, after they had been searching for her for nearly 2 days.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak personnel are currently working with the owner on a salvage plan for the vessel and monitoring cleanup efforts.

Editor’s Note: This story and images are courtesy of the USCG.