Boat Captain Rescues Soaking Wet Cat Apparently Thrown Off Bridge

Capt. Jordan Smith did not expect to be pulling a cat out of his fishing net last week.

Smith, who owns Floridas Lets Fish Destin Charters told HuffPost he was out in Destin Harbor on Thursday when an odd movement caught his eye. He saw something flying through the air near Marler Bridge, probably 15 feet off the water, before hitting the surface.

At first I thought it was like a trash bag, with some trash in it, he said.

When it started moving, he thought it could be an otter.

But on closer inspection, he realized it was a cat.

Jordan Smith/Lets Fish Destin Charters
Jordan Smith and Miracle, shortly after he pulled the cat from the water.

I saw this little head swimming around, he said. She was swimming toward me, like, Oh, human, save me!

Smith dipped a net into the water to pull out the struggling feline, now named Miracle.

She latched ahold of me and didnt want to let go, he said. She was just staring at me the whole time.

Smith said theres no way the cat could just have fallen off the bridge, which he notes has a clearance of about 56 feet. He believes someone threw her off intentionally. He said that the black cat was spinning in the air in such a way that suggested someone tossed her off the bridge with some force.

According to an Okaloosa County Sheriffs report that HuffPost obtained, Smith reported the incident to authorities but the case is inactive because there is no significant evidence leading to a particular suspect.

In the meantime, Miracle was recovering at the vet this week. Smith said that the cat was pregnant and ended up miscarrying the kittens.

He plans on adopting her when shes released from the vet.

The vets say whenever they go into her care, she definitely hisses, but then when you start petting her shes great, he said.

Miracles next challenge will likely be getting along with Smiths dog, which he described as his princess.

The last time I had my dog around a cat, the cat chased my dog around, Smith said.

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