Officers Rescue Chihuahua From Water in Sarasota, Florida

Marine patrol officers rescued a Chihuahua after she fell into the water near a yacht club in Sarasota, Florida, on Friday, February 17, the Sarasota Police Department said.

The police department said the Chihuahua named Tinkerbell and her owner fell into the water outside the Sarasota Yacht Club. While the owner was rescued immediately, Tinkerbell spent 40 minutes in the water before the officers saved her.

Footage posted to the Sarasota Police Department shows patrol officers searching for and rescuing Tinkerbell before leaving her with friends.

According to the police department, Tinkerbell is safe and healthy with her owner. Credit: Sarasota Police Department via Storyful

Video transcript

- A chihuahua named Tinkerbell. Him and his owner fell in the water off a boat that you're over at. You probably see where my lights are. So he fell in [MUTED] with a dog, been in the water for about 40 minutes, a chihuahua, Tinkerbell.

All right, I'm just going to check along these docks here. And then if I see birds on lines, I know the dog hasn't been over there. So, yeah. So, OK. All right, I'm just checking over here. All right.


Yeah. Ron, come over here. 62. 61. 10-12 with Tinkerbell.

- Careful.

- Tinkerbell. Come on, pup pup. Hey.

Tinkerbell. [WHISTLING] I hope you don't bite. Tinkerbell, come on, pup pup. Tinkerbell. Hey, Tinkerbell.


That's a lovely name for a chihuahua. I hope you're nice.


Hey, puppy. Hey, puppy. It's OK, puppy. It's OK. Tinkerbell. Hey, Tinkerbell. Hey, Tinkerbell. Come on, girl. Hey, Tinkerbell. Hey, Tinkerbell. Hey, Tinkerbell. What are you doing? What are you doing, Tinkerbell?

Hey, girl, it's OK. It's OK, puppy. It's OK, puppy. It's OK. Come on, Tinkerbell. Come on. Come on, girl. Come on. Come on. Come on. Come on. Come on, girl.

Trying to get a little closer. It's OK. It's OK. It's OK. It's OK. Good girl. All right, good girl. It's OK. All right. That's a good, puppy. It's OK. Yeah, Tinkerbell is healthy.

- Can you watch [INAUDIBLE]?

- All right.

- All right.

- Oh, yes. Yes.

- Will you watch my boat?

- Do we have a swimmer?

- Yeah, someone fell off their boat with Tinkerbell. That's OK, pup. Tinkerbell has been found.


- Good?

- Yeah.

- All right. Just watch my whip. Poor little dog.

- That's crazy. Y'all found him just in the middle?

- So a guy fell off his boat. [AUDIO OUT]

- Was he in the water still?

- Yeah.

- Nice. Good dispatch.

- Man, that's amazing.

- What was he, hanging on something?

- How are you?

- Hey, good. Good. I saw you. I was like, gosh. I said, man, my neighbors are-- were out late tonight.

- All right. Did you-- man, did you guys have to come in, or--

- No, we were just doing a [INAUDIBLE] lights.

- Did you know where [INAUDIBLE] where they [INAUDIBLE]?

- No, no.

- I'll show you where their boat is.

- OK.

- Oh, my God. Oh. Oh.

- You found him?

- Oh, oh, oh.

- There you are.

- Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, oh, my--

- Jesus.

- Oh, you found him.

- Oh.


- Oh, my God. I can't--

- You saved the dog, saved the dog.

- You're the best.

- How did you do that?

- Well, we just started looking. We got the call, and Tinkerbell was hunkered on a little piece of floating wood underneath the dock.

- We got [INAUDIBLE].

- Yeah.

- Her parents [AUDIO].

- Let me get a picture.

- They're going to take her.

- Can I get a picture?

- Yeah, sure.

- No, no.


- They'll be pretty happy about it.

- OK, look right here.

- All right.

- Thanks.


- Here. I don't know what to say. You're welcome. I don't know what to say.

- I'm sure Tinkerbell's ready to see mom and dad.

- Oh, no, he's--


- He's going to go home with us. We'll let his parents [INAUDIBLE].

- [INAUDIBLE] we should just leave it there by itself. Do you got to leave?

- No, no, no, we're going to take him with us. We'll--

- OK.



- Oh, my God. Oh, oh, my God.

- That's awesome.

- I just want to hug you. I can't tell you how much--

- All right, I'm glad-- glad she's OK.

- How did you do that? This is just unbelievable. We've just been looking, and looking, and looking.

- Yeah.

- Oh, my god. You're right. You're right.