Dog Survives 4 Days in Overturned River Boat

A 30-pound dog survived a harrowing flip off a boat in an Alaska river and then a four-day ordeal without food as she remained trapped in the small craft.

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by Brooks Putman

FAIRBANKS- A 30-pound dog survived a harrowing flip off a boat in an Alaska river and then a four-day ordeal without food as she remained trapped in the small craft.
   
Boat owner Jeremy McDonald reached his damaged boat May 30 on the Chena River and heard barking and growling inside.
   
A retrieval crew righted the boat, and from beneath the dashboard in the bow, out popped Cutie, a Labrador retriever and terrier mix.
   
McDonald, two friends and the dog were boating May 26 when they stopped to grab a float bag drifting by.
   
Against a log in the swollen river, the boat took on water and flipped.
   
One person on board was briefly trapped under a log but managed to break free.