A police officer in Antioch, California, recently demonstrated great resourcefulness when he rescued a drowning man by using a 30-foot dog leash to pull the victim to safety.
According to the Antioch Police Department, Officer Kyle Smith responded to 9-1-1 calls about a man drowning in a canal on Deer Valley Road and Carpenteria Drive. When Smith arrived on the scene, he saw a distressed shirtless man in the canal. The man told Smith he was freezing and could not feel his legs.
Luckily, Smith is a K-9 handler and realized he had some equipment in his car that might help. He grabbed the 30-foot leash that he uses for his dog, Kona, in order to reel the man in.
The save was captured on body-camera footage. Smith threw the leash over the chain-link fence and into the water below. The man then grabbed hold of the leash, and the officer managed to pull him out of the water. Contra Costa County firefighters arrived soon after with a ladder to help the man over the fence.
It’s not clear how or why the man was in the canal. According to the department, police received reports of a second person in the canal, but officers could not locate another person and witnesses did not see anyone else.
“We commend Officer Smith for his quick thinking and ability to improvise to save the man’s life,” the department wrote on Facebook.
Facebook users also praised Officer Smith’s actions.
“Great job Officer Smith. Thanks for your quick thinking and please pet Kona for me,” one person wrote.