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20-year-old hero swims to dog’s aid after strong wind gust hits in Australia

By Andrea Desimone
Updated August 18, 2009 08:22 PM
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When Sue Drummond and her Maltese-Shih Tzu mix Bibi set off for a walk by the water in Melbourne, Australia, on Aug. 16, she had no idea that it could be Bibi’s last. But with furious winds estimated at 60 mph, Bibi was suddenly blown right off the pier and into the rough waters below.

“I thought he was going to sink and then maybe I wouldn’t be able to find him,” Drummond told Australia’s Courier Mail. “But 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.”

Drummond watched as Bibi helplessly tried to doggy paddle back to the pier. Then out of nowhere, a bystander named Raden Soemawinata stripped down to his underwear and shirt and jumped in to save the pup. Soemawinata, 20, was on the pier for a family ceremony to scatter his grandmother’s ashes when he saw the dog struggling and plunged in after him.

Though he’s being hailed as a hero, Soemawinata says saving the dog wasn’t especially brave. “It was pretty cold and windy but it wasn’t such a hard decision to jump in,” he told Australia’s Daily Telegraph“It wasn’t such a great feat.”

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