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    Charter Boat Captain Saves Cat Tossed From Bridge-gctid819489

    Found this story on another boating forum thought it was worth sharing.

    Anybody know this guy, saved a cat thrown off of a bridge in Destin.

    A Florida charter boat captain fished a cat out of the water after it was apparently thrown off a bridge by an unknown person. Jordan Smith, 35, captain of the Professional boat with Let's Fish Destin Charter, said he was passing Coast Guard Station Destin on Thursday afternoon while en route to pick up a group for a fishing trip when he spotted something on the Marler Bridge.

    "I just saw something out of the corner of my eye. I saw some movement. Then I heard splat! Splat! I thought someone threw some trash down," Smith told the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    He said the animal in the water initially appeared to be an otter, but he soon realized it was a cat.

    "When I took it out of the net, it grabbed a hold of my arm. I held the cat all the way into the HarborWalk. It was pretty intense," Smith said.

    Smith posted a photo of himself with the soaked and shell-shocked feline on Facebook.

    He said the cat appeared to have been thrown off the bridge.

    "I've seen some pretty crazy stuff out there, but never had seen a living animal get thrown off the bridge," Smith said.

    The captain said he is reporting the incident to law enforcement.

    Smith said HarborWalk employee Nicole Manard took the cat to the veterinarian for him while he went out on his charter. He said he plans to keep the cat and give it an appropriate name: "I'm thinking, Miracle."
    Rick Grew

    2022 Tahoe T-16

    2004 Past Commodore
    West River Yacht & Cruising Club

    I know a lot of people don't like cats. (I'm not one of them - my 14 yr old feline buddy is asleep at my feet.) But one look at that cat's eyes and it can't help but break anyone's heart. Pure fear and confusion. I'm with the boat captain; please, let someone find the scum. And karma will bless the boat captain.
    "Our Dream" -- 2015 21' Bayliner 642, 4.3 MPI Mercruiser

    "Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates." Mark Twain


      Our cat went swimming on Memorial Day after an unfortunate air horn incident (yes, it was me). He swam the entire length of the boat before I could get to him and fish him out. He was not happy. My wife was not happy. I was not happy.

      I am having a hard time forgiving myself about it. The bridge guy is very messed up.

      Cats swim very well, if you haven't tested that. I have scars on my knees from trying to keep up with him.
      Tally and Vicki
      "Wickus" Meridian 341
      MMSI 338014939