Photo: N.C. firefighters save dog that survived in flooded, upside-down car at bottom of canal

When Crawford Township Volunteer Fire Department members arrived on scene, the driver was out of the vehicle, but the pet was missing


Mark Price
The Charlotte Observer

CURRITUCK, N.C. — A resourceful dog beat incredible odds when it survived 20 minutes in a car that was flooded — and upside down — in a North Carolina canal.

The dog had “no apparent injuries” when it was eventually pulled from the vehicle by firefighters, according to the Crawford Township Volunteer Fire Department in Currituck.

Firefighters say the call came at 12:56 a.m. Sunday, June 12, and led them to a canal in Currituck County’s unincorporated Moyock community. Moyock is about 190 miles northeast of Raleigh, near the Virginia state line.

“We arrived on scene and the convertible sports car’s driver was out. The owner’s dog was still missing,” the fire department wrote in a Facebook post.

“We heard a whimpering sound in the car. ... Our volunteers and assistance from Lantz Towing ... immediately overturned the car to gain access. Even though the car was upside down in the water for 20 minutes, we recovered the dog (alive).”

It was found “under the dash floorboard where there was an air pocket,” the department reported.

A photo shared by the department shows the terrified dog was carried out of the canal cradled under the arm of a firefighter.

Details of what caused the crash were not revealed. The vehicle suffered extensive damage, photos revealed.

The driver “was taken to the detention center” as part of an ongoing investigation that is being handled by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

McClatchy news has reached out to the N.C. Highway Patrol for additional details.

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