Donna Chen was tragically killed by a drunk driver while walking her dog, Barney. Barney fled the scene immediately after the wreck, receiving some bad cuts and bruises in a complete panic. Officers arrived at the scene and there was no dog to be found. What happened next is truly unbelievable.
Donna Chen with her 3 children.
Donna and her beloved dog, Barney.
This is the car that struck Donna while she was on her walk. Blake Talman was the driver. He was 22 years old, and had been drinking whiskey at the beach all day long. Blake was traveling at 90 miles per hour when he struck and killed Donna. The impact killed Donna and injured her dog, Barney. Barney fled the scene in complete panic after what happened.
Blake Talman’s blood-alcohol level was .222 percent which is way above the legal limit.
You’re not going to believe what happened next. About a mile away from the accident, Rory O’Connor was fishing in his kayak offshore. He had his camera mounted on the front of his boat and rolling just in case he caught some big fish.
He heard some splashing behind him and turned around to notice a brown dog swimming up to him in the middle of the ocean!
Perplexed, Rory pulled his gear in and assisted the dog into the boat. He immediately realized that this dog was terrified and had cuts and bruises.
“He was really, really scared and he was shivering. At first I thought he was cold but, then I could tell he was really scared,” Rory said. “He had to swim pretty far and he was pretty beat up. His paw was bleeding and he had a bunch of scrapes.”
Rory secured the dog to the back of his boat and paddled around looking for the dog’s owner. He couldn’t find anyone on the water so he made it to shore to look. When he pulled onto shore, the dog was too terrified to move.
Rory took the dog home to take care of him and posted this video on YouTube in hopes that someone would have any information about this mysterious dog swimming in the middle of the ocean.
Rory had no idea what the dog had been through just moments earlier. Here is the video he posted.
If Rory had not been fishing that day Barney may have easily drowned, terrified. The video Rory posted spread quickly but was still a mystery. Rory took Barney to the vet and found that Barney had a microchip, which lead Barney back to his family.
“I think a higher power led Barney to where he needed to be because out of this horrible tragedy, there is something remarkable that happened. Her puppy is alive,” said Donna’s sister, Diane.
What an incredible story to come out of this horrible tragedy. Everyone is absolutely stunned that Barney made it back safely to his family. This poor guy had been through enough and deserves the love of his family as much as they deserve his.
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