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The story behind the dramatic photos


This happened way back in August, but since the dramatic photos are now making the email rounds — without attribution, photo credit or any citation of the original source —  we thought we’d show you what happened when gale force winds blew a Maltese-Shih-tzu named Bi Bi off of Brighton Pier in Victoria, Australia.

1The unleashed dog splashed into the choppy waters as owner Sue Drummond looked on.  “I thought he was going to sink and then maybe I wouldn’t be able to find him,” she told the Herald Sun. “I didn’t really want to hop in the water either because I wasn’t quite sure if I could make it to shore with a struggling dog.”

Raden Soemawinata — on the pier for a family ceremony to scatter his grandmother’s ashes into the bay, showed no such hesitation. He stripped down to shirt and underwear and dived in after the dog: 

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“It was pretty cold and windy, but it wasn’ such a hard decision to jump in, it wasn’t such a great feat,” Soemawinata, 20, said. “I’m a part-time model, so getting into my jocks isn’t so different to what I do for work.”The photos were taken by Chris Scott, and originally appeared in the Herald Sun in Australia.

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Again, it’s old news, but given we missed it the first time around, and the photos have bobbed up to the surface again, we thought both the photographer, the rescuer, and Bi Bi deserved to be more than anonymous.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time December 15, 2009 at 7:07 am

Great rescue. Bravo to the intrepid Mr. Soemawinata

Link to a picture gallery:

I saw something similar happen while walking on Chicago’s Michigan lake front when a giant wave crashing onto the concrete pier washed a dog out. The owner fortunately was able to get down onto pilings and as succeeding waves drove the dog back toward the pier, grab the dog to safety.

When the waters are turbulent keep your dogs leashed.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time December 15, 2009 at 7:47 am

Hero accepting Compassionate Citizen Award:

A favorite pic:


Thanks for posting this article. It is a relief after so many stories of animal abuse and cruelty.