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Published: Jul 28, 2011

Two New York police officers were at the right place at the right time for a German shepherd named Charlie. They rescued the dog from drowning, according to CBS New York.

The 8-month-old had been pulled by the current for nearly an hour when two police officers, Ben Reiver and Edward Carr, went by on their boat. Something caught Reiver's eye. Both he and Carr got a little closer, according to the news source.

"I figured I'd go check it out. The closer we got, we realized it was a dog and it was alive," Reiver told the news source. "[His ears were] the only part above the water. His nose was up … He wasn't paddling anymore. He was trying to stay up."

Once the dog was taken to the shore and reunited with its owners, it was determined that the dog was in good health, just tired from the swimming, the news provider reports.

According to the New York Times, the two officers found the dog two miles from shore.