09/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dog Lifeguards Certified In Italy

Three hundred dogs have become certified to save drowning swimmers across the beaches and lakes of Italy, The Guardian reports.

The dogs are trained to look out for swimmers in distress and will leap from boats and helicopters to lend assistance.

Instructors accompany the dogs into the water, and can be towed by the dogs out to sea to give medical attention where needed.

Watch this ITN video of the dogs in action:

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