A group of boaters out for the July 4th weekend in Maryland came to the aid of a young raccoon, desperately crying for help. A smart crew member had the idea to throw a life jacket down for the animal to hold onto so they could rescue it. With the raccoon gripping the life preserver, they began towing the animal back to land and handed him over to a zodiac to get back to shore.
“During the early morning hours of July 4, 2016, one of our crew aboard our boat heard a yelping sound and at first it sounded like birds overhead,” writes Peter, one of the boaters, on YouTube. “Several hours later we finally found the source of the cry — a young raccoon treading water on the side of the boat. Not wanting to pick it up out of the water, we threw it a life preserver to climb upon and then towed it to land.”