There was some good news to kick off 2019 from Mid-County Fire Protection District — the Mid-County Water Rescue Team was able to save a Dalmatian puppy from a car that washed into the Niangua River Jan. 1. 

According to a press release from the MCFPD, they were dispatched to a car in the Niangua River off of Tunnel Dam Road at 8:04 p.m. Tuesday. 

Upon arrival, crews found that all the human occupants had escaped the car and were accounted for, but they reported that they had left their puppy in the car. 

The Mid-County Water Rescue Team responded. Donning their protective suits, they entered the water. Capt. Jim Wilson and Capt. Curtis Bowen walked approximately one-half mile to locate the vehicle. 

When they found it, the front two-thirds of the vehicle were completely submerged with only the very rear of the vehicle still above the water line. The team located the puppy there and was able to remove the dog through the rear window. 

Wilson and Bowen carried the pup back to dry land where he was reunited with his family. Though cold and frightened, the pup was uninjured. 

According to the press release, the rescue team had to deal with significant currents during the rescue, which made it more difficult. There were no other injuries and units cleared the scene 9:48 p.m. 

The MCFPD was assisted at the scene by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office. The Southwest Fire District attempted to access the vehicle from their side of the river, but had to turn around due to the high waters. 

The MCFPD reminded everyone to not drive through flooded roadways — “Turn Around-Don’t Drown”.