Eros, Mira, and Mya, the Italian life-saving lifeguard dogs of Sperlonga!
David Hasselhoff. Pamela Anderson. Zac Efron. The Rock. David Charvet. Those five and the rest of the Baywatchers can put down their rescue cans and have a seat in their little booths because these three furry heroes have got this. Eros, Mira, and Mya are being toasted as lifeguard legends after they rescued 14 people who were in danger of drowning while frolicking in the ocean. They all deserve a billion pounds of praise, but I see the pooch all the way to the left throwing a side-eyes that says, “They just had to put the platinum blonde in the front. I see how it is!” It’s the only reboot of the iconic Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield side-eye photo we need.
CNN says that at a beach in the coastal town of Sperlonga on Sunday, a large group was having a good ole time in the ocean while lounging on inflatables and playing around with their surfboards when strong winds hit them and capsized their shit. This led to a dozen people, including eight children (ages 6 to 12), struggling to get to shore, which was 330 feet away. Part of Italy’s lifeguard team includes members of the Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio (SICS), which is a rescue dog school in Italy. After one member of the group called for help, three nearby lifeguard dog units answered the SOS and went to work.
While working with human lifeguards, three lifeguard Labradors (4-year-old Eros, 5-year-old Mira, and 7-year-old Mya) safely brought everyone back to shore. Roberto Gasbarri, the head of SICS said that doggy lifeguards have become an important part of rescue efforts since sometimes a large group needs help and it’s too much for a small group of human lifeguards to handle on their own.
SICS patrols around 30 Italian beaches, with 300 dog units, each with one dog and one trainer.
With the help of lifeguards at nearby beaches, the three dogs, named Eros, Mya and Mira, managed to bring the group to shore in approximately 15 minutes.
Dogs are “fundamental” in Italy’s lifeguard rescues, especially when rescuing multiple people, Gasbarri said, adding that big groups would be too much for just a couple of lifeguards to handle.
Do you know what else is fundamental? Footage of three adorable Captain Save-A-Hos running into the water while working the shit out of their red lifeguard bathing suits. I mean, this story is not complete without the Baywatch theme song playing as Eros, Mira, and Mya shake the seawater out of their hair in slow-motion while running to save beachgoers-in-need! With that being said, hopefully, these three get all the Italian Pupperonis they want. And I also hope this doesn’t lead to people pretending to drown just so they can be saved by three adorable life savers. They don’t make enough money for that fake bullshit. Hell, they don’t make any money at all!