MOBILE, Ala. (WFLA/WALA) – An Alabama man jumped off a bridge to save his dog that plunged into the water below.
Part of the dramatic rescue was caught on video.
Al Trovinger and his dog, River, were in standstill traffic in the eastbound lanes of an Alabama highway after a car accident, when they unintentionally created a scene of their own.
“We’d been on the Bayway for about 30 minutes and decided that we need to get out and let the dog walk around. As soon as we did, we put her on a leash, she jumped over [into the river],” said Trovinger.
When she jumped, River’s leash snapped in half.
Trovinger watched helplessly from above for about 10 minutes, before he took the plunge as well.
He tried to guide River to the shore, while she climbed on top of him.
“For the first couple minutes it was tough but once I kind of got the right stroke and she was getting a little calmer it was fine,” Trovinger said.
Nearby good Samaritans threw in a dog vest to try and help.
Onshore, Trovinger was greeted by paramedics and a state trooper to make sure both were okay.
“Yeah yeah as long as I didn’t die,” he responded when asked if he would do it again.
The Trovinger’s say they’ve had River for three years now.