The cat can swim
The sky was nearly dark and I was in and out of the swim step, rinsing off the dishes from our crab dinner. I thought the animal swimming below the swim step was a seal or an otter. It really looked like an otter! I nearly had a heart attack when I realized it was Apollo! I yelled inside to Shawn that Apollo was in the water, and he bolted past me quicker than I would have thought possible.
Fortunately, the paddle board was tied up off the swim step and he got on, on his stomach and hand paddled to the cat who was now halfway down the starboard side looking for a way back in the boat. Shawn meowed at him and the instant he realized help was near, he turned around and swam over to Shawn who scooped him up onto the board.
I’m not sure how they got back to the swim step since I was grabbing a towel from the master head at the time. I got back in time to hear a huge crash. That was Shawn falling off the board into the water. Apollo tried to get off the board and back on the boat, but he slipped back into the water because everything was wet and he didn’t have enough leverage to get himself up off the board. At that point, Shawn went in and literally threw the cat into the step. I chased down the cat who bolted into the master stateroom and into the window ledge which is his favorite place to sleep at night. It’s pretty high up, so I guess he decided he’d be safe there. I wrapped him in a towel and calmed him as much as I could while Shawn retrieved the wayward paddle board. I’m not sure how he did that, but I know he didn’t swim to it.
They both got a warm shower and now they’re snoozing together on the sofa. Apollo seems to have injured his right hind quarter during his adventure and I’m hoping after a good night’s sleep it will be feeling better. Now we’re searching for a collar that will alarm inside the boat if it is submerged in water. For now we’ll keep a close eye on him if when he walks the edges.