Boat accidents are common during this time of year, when the weather gets warm, skies are clear and kids are off of school. But while there are certain things boaters can do to keep safe during water-related activities, including wearing life jackets, refraining from drinking alcohol, and learning about area boating laws, there isn’t a whole lot that can be taught to boaters when those boaters happen to have four legs and a furry coat.
The latest boat accident victim happens to be an Alaskan dog named Cutie. But luckily, this accident has a happy ending. Cutie, a 30-pound Labrador and terrier mix, survived four days out on the Chena River while trapped under a 17-foot boat she was riding in that had overturned.
Cutie had been riding with Jeremy McDonald, 34, John and Billy Minerva, ages 35 and 25. Cutie’s owner and John Minerva’s girlfriend, Grace Sommer, was not on the boat when the accident occurred. As the men were enjoying themselves, they came upon a raft that had become stuck against a bridge and tried to offer assistance, when their boat turned over.