If you need to be rescued in Italian waters and a dog comes flying at you from a helicopter, don’t be surprised. You’re about to be saved.
The Italian Coast Guard uses highly trained Newfoundland water rescue dogs to patrol its waters. Newfoundlands love water, are strong, are highly intelligent and have webbed feet—allowing them to pull multiple people to safety in a single rescue.
The dogs work from speeding boats, or once trained to do so, from helicopters. You can read more about it here.