Yoda, a young yellow Labrador Retriever, was assumed dead after her owner, 47-year-old San Jose resident Brian Phidat Ho, died when his 13-foot craft capsized during a fishing trip. One man and another dog were rescued, but Yoda was not found.
Four days later two Marin County fire chiefs were in a rescue watercraft scouting a location for a water rescue orientation. About a quarter mile north of Dillon Beach they spotted a pale yellow moving object on the rocky beach.
Coming ashore, they found Yoda, wet, cold and very frightened. She matched the description of the missing dog and had somehow managed to swim ashore.
Although Yoda didn’t appear to have any apparent injuries, they had her checked out before taking her picture with everyone. Back at the fire station they fed her and let her warm up by the fireplace.
According to a spokesman:
“We called the family and we happened to reach them during the funeral. We gave them the update and they were able to make the announcement about the dog at the funeral, which was nice.”