Family searches land and sea for missing dog that jumped from boat in ocean

Posted at 5:58 PM, Aug 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-12 17:58:02-04

Cape Charles, Va. - A dog jumped from a boat a few miles out at sea and now his family is desperately trying to find him.

Donna Walker broke down taking about her family`s beloved 7-year-old Labrador named Rock that is missing.

Tuesday afternoon, her husband and son took Rock and the other family dog Sally cobia fishing.

They sailed off from the Cape Charles Town Harbor.

The two men were on the top part of the boat looking for fish while the two family dogs were on the bottom of the boat.

"Rock must have seen something.  We don't know what made him jump out," said Donna Walker.

There is a 30-minute window when they think he disappeared.  They did not notice when the dog jumped off the boat.

They said they were about two or three miles offshore.

"All he [Maddy's brother]said was, 'Rock is gone.'  I just sat down on the floor and started screaming," said Maddy Walker.

They are hoping Rock swam to shore.  They said he is a good swimmer and has been on boats before.

They said he has never done anything like this before.

The men searched the ocean for hours Tuesday and Wednesday with the help from the Coast Guard.

Donna and her daughter have been handing out flyers, going into businesses throughout Cape Charles getting the word out and offering a reward for their missing dog.

"We are just trying to get the word out. We are hoping and praying somebody sees Rock or maybe he is roaming around," said Donna Walker.

The family said they are on vacation from Raleigh, North Carolina and will be in Cape Charles until Sunday.

Their vacation has turned into a search and rescue mission.

"If you see Rock, he won't hurt you.  He just looks really big, but he is really sweet and he will try to give you a kiss," said Maddy Walker.

They hope their dog is alive and that someone might find their beloved pet.

You can call NewsChannel 3 if you come across Rock, and we will help unite the family with their pet

You can call our news desk at 757-446-1352.