FRANKFORT, Mich. — It took a heck of a swim and a viral social media effort to save a dog’s life after falling overboard in Lake Michigan.
The 10-month-old dog named Rylee, a Belgian Malinois, was sailing with her owners from Frankfort to the Manitou Islands when she was lost overboard on Saturday, according to UpNorthLive.com. A distress radio call was made to shore shortly after the owners realized the dog was missing, and eventually word made it to the Lost Dog Search Team, or the LDST, who put the message on social media.
According to Lynn Fiedor, who helps run the LDST, the post about Rylee being lost went viral and reached over 20,000 people.
The dog was rescued the next day, after nearly 24 hours of being missing, near the Sleeping Bear Dunes, just north of Frankfort. It was discovered that Rylee likely swam more than six miles to her safety, and then traveled another 12 miles on foot once on shore.
The LDST shared the below image of Rylee to report the good news of her rescue.