Roy O'Connor often posts videos of what he has seen during his kayaking adventures off the coast of Siesta Key, Florida, but he likely never thought they would involve a dog swimming all alone in the Gulf Coast.
However, that was exactly what the Bellingham, Washington, tourist found on one of his recent excursions in his sea kayak in the southern waters, the New York Daily News
As he was fishing in his kayak, O'Connor noticed a dog paddling near him, about a half-mile offshore. He pulled the dog into his boat and found that it was shaking, scared and bleeding, with wounds along its leg.
Once ashore, O'Connor learned that the dog ended up in the ocean after fleeing the scene of an accident in which its owner was killed. Scanning the dog's microchip found that it had belonged to Donna Chen, 53, who was killed when she was hit by a car while jogging with the canine, USA Today
O'Connor has returned the dog, a Vizsla named Barney, to Chen's family. The driver who hit Chen has been charged with DUI manslaughter.