The accident occurred in the San Miguelito area of Panama, where a heavy rainstorm flooded the banks of the Sinai.
The footage shows the moment when 35-year-old Manuel Calderon plunged into treacherous, fast-flowing bodies of water to chase his dog that was stuck in the creek.
Take a look at the scene here:
The video shows the white dog hesitating in shallow waters before attempting to get to its owner, who was waiting on the other side.
Locals say Calderon, who sells vegetables for a living, has already crossed the river hoping his dog Volo will follow him.
Presumably the man thought the dog could cross without any problems, but the running water proved too strong for the pup and Folo disappeared into the river with a scream after trying to reach the calderon.
Fortunately, the owner acted quickly and jumped his head into deep water before swimming downriver to meet the white dog. The man and his pet stop at a nearby bank, and footage shows Calderon carrying his pet back to shore.
Speaking to local reporters, the 35-year-old said:
I was focused on the dog. And thank God I managed to grab him… I threw him onto the bank and got out some metres later.
Although the bubbling river could be fatal to both Volo and Calderon, the loyal owner admitted that he had neglected the dangers in saving his pet.
An animal, just for being an animal, does not deserve to be disregarded, because it is a life after all. I ask you to take care of them because they also have feelings.
Local media reported that his parents abandoned Calderon and grew up alone, potentially making him more attached to his pet than other dog owners.
Hector Valdes, the city’s mayor, said Calderon had joined the animal welfare department.
The owner’s selfless actions definitely paid off; We hope that both Volo and Calderon can return home safely and dry out after their terrible ordeal.