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Owner Saved From Bay After Hero Dog Treads Water For 11 Hours, Alerting Rescuers

A Queensland man and his pet German Shepherd are lucky to be alive after their small boat capsized and they were forced to tread water for hours on end.

Water police launched a full-scale search for the man on Thursday morning when his dog and property were found drifting in Moreton Bay, in Queensland.

A fisherman spotted Heidi the German Shepherd swimming alongside various other floating items including a fuel tank, tackle box and wetsuit.

Police said Heidi was rescued and taken to a veterinary clinic unharmed.

A rescue operation was then launched to find Heidi's owner.

A number of items were found during the search which lead rescuers to fear the worst, police said, before the man was finally spotted clinging to a sunken vessel near the Brisbane boat passage.

The 63-year-old man told police his boat lost power and began to take on water on Wednesday night.

Incredibly Heidi had been treading water for around 11 hours while her owner drifted in Moreton Bay for nearly 15 hours. The skipper was transported to hospital but was thankfully not seriously injured.

“We would take this opportunity to remind boaties to plan for the worst when they’re out on the water,” Senior Sergeant Jay Bairstow said.

“Thankfully there was a happy ending to this search and Heidi was able to be our honorary PD for the day.”