Paddle boarder saves dog from drowning, captures rescue on video

A puppy dog stranded on some offshore rocks that were 10 minutes away from disappearing with an incoming tide was saved from drowning when a paddle boarder spotted it. Off the coast of Kent in the U.K., Charlie Head was training for a 3,000-mile cross-Atlantic trip when he noticed a panicked Shih Tzu puppy alone on a small outcropping of rocks, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. “He definitely needs a rescue,” Head can be heard saying as he paddled toward the helpless dog. Watch and listen as he narrates the rescue via a helmet-cam:

“Oh matey, what are you doing out here?” Head said to the dog, as he comforted it on his paddle board. “This little dude is absolutely terrified. I mean look where it’s been.”

How the dog got there remains a mystery.

“I was gobsmacked,” Head told the Daily Mail. “I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

Head rowed to shore and dropped the dog off at the Hampton Inn pub, where it was being cared for until the owner could be found. A dog warden determined with a microchip that the dog’s name is Bam Bam.

Knowing the dog was in good hands, Head continued his multiday, 600-mile journey from Cornwall to London. Head hopes to begin his epic trip across the Atlantic in a one-man canoe in two months.

“It was great to help the little dog,” Head told the Daily Mail. “Hopefully the good deed will bring me a little luck and help me complete the rest of the challenges.”