Doggie-Paddling 'Lifedogs' Rescue Swimmers in Italy

Every summer, hundreds of specially trained canine lifeguards leap from helicopters or speeding boats to bring aid to troubled swimmers off Italy's popular beaches. These "lifedogs" wear a harness or tow a buoy that victims can grab, or a raft they can sit on to be towed back to shore. According to the Associated Press, the Italian Coast Guard rescues about 3,000 people every year, and their canine helpers are credited with saving several lives.

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