Dog swims over 6 miles, walks 12 more to find family

BEULAH, Mich. (AP/WCMH) – A dog swam more than six miles and walked a dozen more to find its family after falling overboard into Lake Michigan during the weekend.

Edward Casas was boating on the lake Sunday with his wife, Kristin, and the family dog, a 10-month old Belgian Malinois named Rylee. Casas tells ABC News Rylee went overboard while he was in the engine room trying to figure out a mechanical problem with the boat and his wife was steering.

Casas says he sent out a mayday call on the radio and was connected to a volunteer group that searches for lost dogs.

According to WPBN, the couple live downstate where Lynn Fiedor runs the ‘Lost Dog Search Team.’ She and her team use social media to post about missing/lost dogs in their area, hoping through the power of social media they can reunite them with their families.

“He called me because he said he heard a distress call come out from Ed and Kristin, saying that their dog had gone overboard,” Lynn said.

The next morning someone spotted Rylee going into a nearby campground. Edward Casas says there was a lot of sobbing and hugging when the family was reunited with him.

“We have a happy ending,” said Lynn. “And it’s the reason we do what we do.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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