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Cops: Boaters, dog survive boat capsizes in Reynolds Channel

Nassau marine bureau officers pulled two people from the waters of Reynolds Channel after their boat capsized Tuesday morning and rescuers also saved a dog on board that managed to find an air pocket underneath the flipped vessel, police said.

The mishap occurred just before 11:30 a.m. when the two boaters were tossed from their 21-foot Wellcraft near the Meadowbrook 3 Bridge in Reynolds Channel, police said. Marine Bureau officers pulled the victims from the water, who then told rescuers their dog, a brown Cane Corso, had been left behind.

A search of the area didn’t turn up the dog, so officers surmised the canine had found an air pocket under the boat, police said.

With assistance from a tow boat, the crew turned the vessel right-side-up and found the dog alive inside.

The rescued boaters were taken to Mako Marine in Freeport, where they declined medical treatment. The dog was taken by its owner to an animal hospital to be evaluated.

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