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By Sky News US Team
A Jack Russell terrier who fell overboard in the Gulf of Mexico has been rescued miles off the Florida coast after swimming for nearly three hours.
Two couples celebrating birthdays with a boat trip off the coast of Hernando Beach spotted something in the water around five miles offshore.
As they drew closer they realised it was a dog - named Jagermeister - and after the fortunate animal paddled closer to their boat they managed to haul him to safety.
Shawn Sahr, who was on the boat, told FOX 13: "You just saw his little nose sticking up out of the water.
"If we weren't as close as we were, within five to 10 feet, we wouldn't have seen him."
Husband Michael Sahr added: "It's like a needle in a haystack and the waves were pretty choppy."
The couples radioed the Coast Guard and were informed that someone had reported their dog as falling overboard nearly three hours earlier.
They then took Jagermeister to the nearest Coast Guard station, where his delighted owner was reunited with him.
Mrs Sahr said: "He had tears. He said 'I had searched as long as I could and we just couldn't see him, and we just thought we lost him'."
The little dog, who was wearing an animal life vest, is thought to have fallen in when his owner went below deck.