Harbor unit officers received the emergency call Friday morning, when it was snowing. Eight-year-old Chloe had fallen off her owner’s boat and was trapped under pilings at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, police said.
Detective Matthew Sherman pulled on gear and dived into the 20-foot-deep water, freeing the dog, as Detectives Michael Cocchie and John Drzal tossed out a line from a police boat and pulled the dog safely aboard. The water was 46 degrees with a high tide and strong northern current that could’ve pulled the dog far away.
Chloe’s owner, Mark Stoss, who lives aboard his sailboat, Quid Pro Quo, said she had fallen off the boat after pacing the deck. He said he was coming back aboard when he heard noises under the pier.
“I was walking down the dock, and I heard squeaking,” he told the Daily News. “I just started to panic.”
The dog got a warm shower and was feeling fine, Stoss said.
“I gave her a big hug,” he told the New York Post. “She was just petrified.”
-- Robin Palmer