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Animal Lover: Rescued jet skier says he lost ski saving bird

A missing Florida jet skier took refuge in a stilt house after he lost his water scooter attempting to save a bird caught in a wire.
Posted at 6:56 AM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 06:56:57-05

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A missing Florida jet skier took refuge in a stilt house after he lost his water scooter attempting to save a bird caught in a wire.

Cole Torrent went jet skiing Tuesday afternoon and was reported missing in the evening.

Authorities searched for 12 hours before he was found by a Pasco County Sheriff's Office helicopter Wednesday morning, he was waving at them from a stilt home.

Torrent says he saw a bird tangled in wiring and docked his jet skit to save it but he didn't secure the watercraft and it floated away from him.

Torrent tried to swim to the ski but couldn't. He broke into a stilt home and waited for authorities.