Fishing crew saves cat struggling to stay afloat in the Gulf of Mexico

A fishing crew had set sail when they heard a sound you don’t typically hear at sea: a cat’s meows. They were very thankful to be able to save the life of an orange tabby they scooped up in their nets.

The Orange Beach, AL-based Black Flag Company, formerly Still Flyin Charters, found the cat floating in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. The cat was struggling to keep his head afloat and stay alive.

He was desperately crying out for help while the crew worked to scoop him up in their net. Luckily they were able to save the feline and pull it onto their boat in time.

Catch of the day

The crew worked quickly to dry off the soaking-wet cat and calm it down after pulling it from the waters. They surmised that the tabby was sucked out into the ocean by the tide after it came too close to the waves.

They called the cat their “catch of the day” and posted several pictures of the rescued cat on their Facebook page.

That post ended up being shared more than 2,000 times on the social media outlet. The photos show the kitty clinging to the net for life while soaking wet.

Then we see him getting dry in a fluffy white towel, looking way more relieved. After that, the kitty needed to calm its nervous system and cuddled up to someone on the boat.

“Our catch of the day. Poor little guy was sucked out by the tide. We caught him just outside the pass in the gulf. He was struggling to stay up. We caught him, brought him in the boat and let him recover,” the company wrote in the caption of their post.

After calming down a bit, the kitty decided it was playtime. He wanted to run around the boat a bit by himself and was sitting on a window sill from inside the boat.

Best part of the trip

Now that the kitty was safe and sound, it would need a new home. The boat’s deckhand was able to find a home that would take the kitty in.

“He’s wild but he’s hanging around the house because he’s terrified inside,” the company said on Facebook.

The people who chartered the boat that day also had an extra special adventure. A family said their boys who were on board that day were happy to hear the kitty found a forever home.

Seeing the crew rescue the kitten was “the best part of their trips.” It was quite a sight for the crew as well.

“Can’t say you see that every day,” the company wrote.

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