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Photos: Family dog rescued from Savannah River

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"Bo" is rescued from the Savannah River.
"Bo" is rescued from the Savannah River. Savannah Fire and Emergency Services

A family dog was rescued from the swollen Savannah River Wednesday by the Savannah Fire and Emergency Services marine unit, according to a news release.

Aboard the vessel "Courageous," members of the marine unit were surveying the waterfront for potential high-tide trouble spots when they saw what they thought was a person fall into the river.

The water was too low for the dog to return to the dock, and the crew feared the struggling dog would be carried under the docks or downstream, the release said.

Firefighters Chris Lamb and Luke Ortiz gave directions to captain Michael Dick, who maneuvered a platform toward the dog. The dog, "Bo," was unable to climb aboard, and appeared to be scared, the release said. 

Firefighter Steven Williams tied himself to a swimmer's line and entered the cold water, pulling Bo onto the boat.

The crew of the Courageous reunited Bo with his anxious owner, who was visiting Savannah from New Jersey.