Dog Wearing AirTag Rescued From Storm Sewer By Firefighters: Report
Apple’s AirTag tracking device is a handy tool for keeping track of your belongings, but the tracker is also used by people to locate their pets by attaching it to a collar, although it doesn’t was not designed for this purpose. California rescuers have now rescued a dog after it ran away from its owner and entered a storm drain before being swept away. The dog was wearing an AirTag and a conventional identification tag, according to first responders.
While on a walk, one-year-old Australian Shepherd Seamus ran away from his owner Emilie Brill and ran towards a drainage area. “He got away from me and he just went down that drain. The water was going so fast that I think all it took was one paw in that water and he was gone,” Brill told ABC7. Fortunately, first responders were quickly alerted to Seamus’ disappearance and rescue efforts soon began.
According to video released by the San Bernadino County Fire Department on Jan. 18 detailing efforts to rescue the dog, Seamus entered a flood control pond and was swept away by fast-moving water. Firefighters were told by an employee of a nearby recreational vehicle (RV) facility that they saw a dog floating in the nearby canal and heard it bark.
Video reveals that Seamus had managed to escape fast-flowing water and was in an access tube, when he was rescued by firefighters nearly a mile (about 1.6 km) ) from where it entered the storm drain.
The lucky dog was later reunited with Brill after the crew dried and warmed him up in the fire engine before dropping him off at his home.
“Seamus was equipped with both Apple AirTag and a conventional ID tag which helped rescuers and owners track the pup and reunite them,” the fire department said. It’s worth noting that Apple previously said in an interview that if people want to use an AirTag to monitor their pet’s location, they should “make sure their moving pet is within range of their pet.” ‘a device in the Find My network’.