Surfer saves dog swept off Lake Michigan pier by big wave

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Grand Haven surfer used his board to rescue a struggling dog that a big wave swept off a pier in that Lake Michigan city.

Twenty-five-year-old Matt Smolenski says he grabbed the pooch's collar just as the exhausted animal stopped dog-paddling yesterday afternoon.

The dog wasn't on a leash when it was washed into the lake while walking on the pier with its owner, who was knocked down by the wave.

Smolenski rode a wave on his stomach to reach the dog, then put it on his board.

The animal rode the surfboard to shore with some help from Smolenski and his 24-year-old surfing buddy, Joe Riopelle of Grand Haven.

The grateful owner thanked Smolenski and gave him a high five.

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