A teenager was prompted to act when he saw a dog and her puppies trapped in the floodwaters that struck his town.
The Ukrainian city of Odessa was hit by flash flooding caused by heavy rains. Teenager Vladimir Maksimov was out with friends when they noticed a mother and her puppies being swept away in the flood waters.
One of Vladimir’s friends filmed him as he stripped down to his underwear and swam out to help the dogs.
According to translations posted on Reddit, the mother and all but one of the puppies drowned before Vladimir could reach them. But he managed to save one.
The water was very dirty and cold and a there was a strong undercurrent.
Using a drifting branch to hang on to, Vladimir slowly paddled back to shore, holding onto the puppy tightly.
The puppy had swallowed a lot of water but was saved when he taken to the vet.
Vladimir named the puppy Lucky and decided to keep him.