Thursday 29 September 2016

Italian sailor uses mouth-to-mouth to save kitten's life

Published 08/08/2016 | 14:18

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 and provided by the Italian Coast Guard, a kitten is wrapped in a towel after being rescued from downing, off the coast of Marsala in Sicily, Italy
In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 and provided by the Italian Coast Guard, a kitten is wrapped in a towel after being rescued from downing, off the coast of Marsala in Sicily, Italy

Members of the Italian coast guard have rescued and revived a drowning kitten at a Sicilian port, after children on shore drew attention to its plight.

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A sailor jumped into the sea to rescue the cat, which was floating apparently lifeless in the water, as the coast guard ship entered the port of Marsala after a patrol mission.

A video release showed crew members administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and massaging the kitten to remove water from its lungs, encouraging it: "Breathe, breathe. Wake up".

After a few minutes, the kitten emitted a few weak "meows".

A veterinarian onshore said the kitten is now in good health.

He has been given a home at the Marsala maritime district office and has been named Charlie.

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