Dog reunited with owners after falling off boat and swimming for ‘two days’

The lengths dogs go to to be reunited with their owners are legendary, but one pup may have raised the bar significantly: by swimming alone for two days to ensure a reunion.

Jolie the dog fell overboard during a storm while her owners were sailing to Ibiza, Spain. She was found days later on the Cope waterfront in Aguilas, near the city of Murcia, local police say.

The dog swam over 120 miles and police estimate she would have swum for a day or two to get to safety. After beachgoers found Jolie, she was taken to the police who, thanks to her microchip, managed to reunite her with her owners.

After being taken to the local Aguilas police, they were able to use Jolie’s microchip and find that it was placed in Denmark, Telecinco reported. A local rescue center alerted police to a related call they received from a woman who explained that her American friend’s daughter had lost her pet during a mid-sail storm.

Jolie after reuniting with her owners.
The local police of Aguilas

A spokesman for Aguilas local police told media: “Last Friday night a family who had been on the beach gave us a dog they found on Cope Beach in Aguilas. We discovered that he was microchipped from Denmark.

“The animal was taken to an animal shelter and the search for its owner began.”

Exact details of where the dog went overboard are not known, but Ibiza is over 160 nautical miles from Aguilas, where Josie was eventually found.

“Meanwhile, a call came in from a woman in Cadiz who informed us that she had received a call from a friend in the States telling her about an incident involving her daughter,” police said.

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“This daughter was sailing in the Mediterranean with her husband and dog Jolie and was on her way to Ibiza and got caught up in a storm that resulted in Jolie falling into the sea. They tried to find and save it but to no avail.”

After confirming that the dog found was indeed her missing Jolie, her owners reached Aguilas within hours.

Police captured the heartwarming reunion in a video posted to social media. Both Jolie and her owners are just as happy as each other, with Jolie wagging her tail with excitement and the owners hearing over and over again saying, “We’ve got you back.” Jolie even lays back and clutches her chest in the joy of everyone involved to rub.

Newsweek has reached out to local Aguilas police for comment.

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