Randy Dullen was walking with his dog, a 4-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Coco, along a bank of the Niagara River. They were having a great time looking at the water and enjoying the day. When suddenly Coco felt into the river.
Randy didn’t hesitate even for a second and jumped after the dog. Luckily, the man managed to push the dog out of the water, put her onto a wooden perch, and make sure she won’t fall again.
The man himself was losing his strength in the ice-cold water. And despite the fact he knew well how to swim, he couldn’t do this. “I know how to swim. But it’s a completely different story when you hit that cold water and the current is trying to take you,” Dullen said.
So, the man kicked his shoes off so that he could stay afloat for as long as possible. Randy desperately started crying for help. When walking with Coco, he saw there were other people with dogs, who might hear him.
“I kept trying to hoist myself up on this big tire tied to the side of the retaining wall. I could get my arms into the tire, but I didn’t have enough strength. I couldn’t pull myself up in it,” he said.
“I’m screaming, ‘Help, help.’ I knew I passed some people and their dogs on the track,” he said.
Luckily, a passer-by with a dog saw him and threw something into the water to pull Dullen away. Also, the man immediately called 911.
When the rescue team arrived, they took care of Dullen and were with him until he started feeling better.
Though, there is the only thing Dullen regrets about — he forgot the name of his rescuer, and can’t tell him how grateful he is.
“He shook my hand and said, ‘I’m glad I was able to help you.’ We hugged each other,” Dullen said. “I don’t remember his name. He told me his name but I can’t remember his name.”
“I want to thank him,” Dullen said.