More evidence that, when it really matters, cats can swim. This was no calm pond though, but a swim through the ocean miles from land.
In this August 5, 2013 photo released by Mark Schneider, a cat named Jasper sits on top of a sinking tuna boat off of the Oregon coast about 80 miles from Newport, Ore. Mark and Cynthia Schneider and their two cats, Jasper and Topaz, survived after the boat sank following an engine explosion. Both cats eventually swam through the ocean to safety on the rescue boat. The 60-foot Sea Princess departed from Winchester Bay in late July and sank 80 miles off the coast on Aug. 5. The Schneider’s, who have been fishing together for 27 years, lost their boat, $40,000 worth of tuna and most of their possessions.
Jasper and Topaz are brave cats. We understand that after the explosion the Schneiders called the cats but were forced to abandon ship without them because it was sanking so quickly. They were later amazed to see Jasper on the bow remarkably his favourite place of refuge. Eventually both cats were able to swim to the rescue ship.
More photos of this event cat be found at The World.
The Schneider’s are not fully insured and have lost their livelihoods — though a fund has been set up to help them. They are delighted however that their cats have survived.