When a group of sailors discovered a drowning squirrel stranded in a large lake, they sprung into action to save him. But the squirrel was too exhausted to grab onto a stick that the crew extended into the water in an attempt to help. At a lack for other options, one of the men jumped into the water and swam to the distressed critter, giving him a much-needed break from treading water.

The rescuer kept the cold, tired squirrel dry as he swam back to the boat, where the relieved animal was able to relax and dry off in the sun. When the boat came as close to land as it could get, the men helped the squirrel one last time by boosting him toward the shore. He was able to swim the remainder of the way, and finally reached safety.

Thank you, kind sailors, for giving this squirrel a second chance.