A group of BC Hydro electricians were recently boating down Seton Lake on the way to Seton power house, when they saw what appeared to be a black bear swimming across the lake.
When electricians Corey Stenerson, Marc Gordon and Adam Tuck got closer, they realized this was no bear, but a black lab fighting to get across the very cold lake.
Although the dog was most of the way across when found, he was not heading for a landing point that would have made it easy to get out of the lake.
“He probably would have made it to shore, but he was headed towards a steep cliff face with nowhere to go,” Stenerson said.
The crew managed to pick up the exhausted dog, warmed him with a first aid blanket and drove him back to Bridge River – likely saving the dog’s life.
“He was very cold, shivering, tiered and wet,” Stenerson said.
“We brought the dog back to Bridge River generating site. A local resident, Rhonda Terry, then made a post on a local Facebook page, eventually locating the owner.”
Stenerson said there was no obvious explanation for why the dog, whose name turned out to be Hobbs, was swimming across the lake “other than he was just out for a swim.”