Al Trovinger, his family and their dog River were on Mobile, Alabama Jubilee Parkway, when a major traffic accident stopped traffic. After more than 30 minutes, Trovinger linked River’s leash to pull her out of the car for a potty break.
The dog got so excited that she jumped from the bridge, snapped her collar and fell into Mobile Bay below. What a horrifying experience! For almost 10 minutes Trovinger watched helplessly before jumping over the concrete barrier to save River.
“We kept on looking at her and could tell she was getting a little desperate. Finally there was nothing else we could do. She was either going to drown or someone was going to jump off and get her, so I jumped off,” he told FOX 10.
At first, poor River desperately tried to scramble up her owner’s body, putting them both at risk. Eventually, Trovinger was able to slowly wade towards a nearby boat launch with River following along.
“For the first couple minutes it was tough, but once I kind of got the right stroke and she was getting a little calmer, it was fine,” Trovinger said.