Ask any SAR volunteer of professional: Rescuing a person or animal is no laughing matter. When every second counts, when lives are teetering on the precipice, rescue personnel put their safety on the line and revert to their training in order to persevere. And while every rescue is a serious matter, there are some times when the target of the rescue is, shall we say, not exactly what the emergency personnel had expected. Read further for some of the world’s weirdest water rescues…
Imagine the scene: it’s dark and late at night. You are walking along a windswept beach and out of the corner of your eye you spot something. A flash of light. From under the waves! What could it be? A person drowning? The Coastguard was called and a search crew was scrambled. After an exhausting search, the source of the flashing light was discovered: a cell phone. Geez, I knew smartphones were getting pricey, but that’s ridiculous!
It was an honest mistake. When residents spotted a woman’s body floating in the Red Seas, it was only natural that the sight set off a panic. Local officials were called and a rescue was underway. Only one problem. Their supposed victim wasn’t a woman at all. Well, it was a sort of a woman. What they ended up rescuing was a pleasure doll. You know, wink, wink. Seems somebody has lost their friend. Wonder if the owner ever came forward to claim his (or her) property.
This is amazing. Bunny the brown lab is learning how to swim, and her owner is learning that Bunny can hold her breath. Not only that, she can retrieve things underwater. Here’s Bunny ‘rescuing’ a rubber chicken. Maybe in the future, Bunny will be able to assist actual SAR teams on a real rescue, but for now she has to be content with her toy.
Fisherman Renato Grbic has a problem with suicide. No, not his own. You see, his honey hole, the place where he loves to fish the most, is also situated right under a bridge where many locals have gone to end it all. While suicide is definitely not a laughing matter, Grbic has a sense of humor about it after saving the life of his 26th potential suicide victim. “Whatever your disappointment with life, things will get better,” he says. “Don’t do this because you are not just hurting yourself, but your loved ones. You are also scaring my fish!”