Brave Teenage Boy, A Good Swimmer, Saves Dog From Drowning

John Koobatian, 13 years old, of Madison, with family and friends standing by, doesn't hesitate to come to the rescue when Casey, an elderly black lab, gets confused, starts to swim away from shore, then sinks.


On July 5, John Koobatian, 13, of Madison, was visiting Chatfield Hollow with his friends and family. The same day, Casey, an elderly 15-year-old black lab was also visiting Chatfield Hollow, in nearby Killingworth, CT, with her owner.

Koobatian's mom, Nadine Koobatian, says Casey went for a swim in the pond and became disoriented.

"In a frantic attempt to reach shore, she misjudged and instead made her way out to the center of the pond. Unable to swim further, she frantically thrashed and then succumbed to the water," Nadine Koobatian says. "John, watching with his family and friends from the shore, realized that Casey was drowning and her owner was not able to swim out to rescue her.  Without hesitation, John swam out to rescue Casey."

John's mom sent us a picture of John, comforting Casey after he brought her back to land. "She was treated at Killingworth Veterinary Hospital and released in good condition," Nadine Koobatian said.

In addition to having plenty of backup during the rescue attempt, since his family and friends were nearby, John's mom tells us that John has the right background for this kind of rescue attempt.

"John is a strong swimmer and avid sailer who has spent most of the summer either on or in the water.  We were also prepared to go in after John if we needed to," she said. "The dog's owner appeared to be in his mid-70s.  He was clearly distraught and there was no way he could have gone in. John definitely saved the dog's life. We are very proud of him."

And we are too.

Congratulations John, on a good deed well done.

Carolyn Rotermund July 11, 2012 at 01:54 AM
What a fantastic, heart-warming story! John, you are a hero!!!
Fay Abrahamsson July 11, 2012 at 02:04 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with Casey hoping she will have a full recovery from her incredible ordeal. I can only hope that my two labs live to be 14 years and 7 months old. Does Casey like cheese? Most doggies do. Maybe a little bit of cheddar on some bread would help bring back her appetite. :) I'm thinking of you Casey!!
guangzhi July 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM
What a wonderful and heart-warming story! What a wonderful boy!
Mary Martin July 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Good job! Jumping in to rescue a drowning animal requires you be on top of your game and really strong. Some people would not have done anything other than simply watching from bank, saying (That's too bad) John, when you turn 14, you should consider joining the Madison Police Explorers http://www.madisonct.org/Police_Dept/explorers.htm
JenniferT September 04, 2012 at 09:18 PM
What a great story to read. Thank you Mr. Koobatian for making this story possible, and Mr. Roxbrough, I appreciate the updates on Casey. I have a bread-hound here too. He makes for entertaining stories. I hope Casey continues to improve. :-)


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