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Aug 11, 2016 04:00 AM EDT
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Is this the most adorable rescue ever? It's not an animal one would expect to see in the middle of the ocean, so when a dog was spotted paddling about a mile off Cape Cod, the passengers of a ferry boat immediately called for a rescue.

According to a report from Cape Cod Times, the passengers were aboard the Island Queen ferry when they saw the canine swimming alone in the waters between Falmouth and Martha's Vineyard. Later, they found out it had fallen off an earlier Steamship Authority ferry.

Island Queen manager Michael Reposa revealed that the captain of the ship attempted to get closer, but couldn't get close enough to the dog to haul it in. WCVB also added that the ferry was too big to reach the dog.

After about five to 10 minutes of unsuccessful tries, passenger Carol Portier -- who recorded a video of the rescue -- saw a few of the crew members began putting on life jackets and taking off their shoes to get the dog from sea.

Fortunately, no one had to get in the water as a fisherman's boat named Lovely Day appeared at the opportune time. Portier said the captain sounded off the ship's horn to get the smaller boat's attention and the passengers joined in by yelling at the passing fishermen.

Michael Hamel and his crew noticed the ferry and the dog. The men sprung into action, throwing a net into the water. The dog placed his paw on the net and they were able to pull him within arm's reach, scooping up the poor canine out of the Atlantic Ocean. Hamel said that the animal was "flustered and a little scared."

"We're all glad we ran into it when we did so that the dog had a chance at surviving," he said.

The fishermen of the Lovely Day took their rescue to the harbormaster's office. It's now back with its family.

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