MILAN – The Italian coast guard rescued and revived a drowning kitten at a Sicilian port on Friday, after children on shore drew attention to its plight.
A sailor jumped in the sea to rescue the cat, which was floating apparently lifeless in the water, as the coast guard ship entered the port Marsala after a patrol mission.
A video released Friday showed crew members administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and massaging the kitten to remove water from its lungs, encouraging it: "Breathe, breathe. Wake up." After a few minutes, the kitten emitted a few weak "meows."
A veterinarian on shore said the kitten is now in good health. He has been given a home at the Marsala maritime district office and has been named Charlie.