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HEROES: State Troopers Rescue Missing Golden Retriever, 'Chunk', Swimming Off Jersey Shore

Golden Catch: New Jersey state troopers Ryan Koehler, left, and Vincent Ferdinandi, far right, with the grateful owners of Chunk, a Golden Retriever missing the past 16 days. The dog was found swimming off the Jersey Shore.
Golden Catch: New Jersey state troopers Ryan Koehler, left, and Vincent Ferdinandi, far right, with the grateful owners of Chunk, a Golden Retriever missing the past 16 days. The dog was found swimming off the Jersey Shore. Photo Credit: Facebook/ New Jersey State Police

New Jersey state troopers rescued a lost dog who was reported missing 16 days ago, authorities said. 

Chunk, a Golden Retriever, was found swimming in Barnegat Bay just off the Jersey Shore, State Police said.

State troopers were preparing for their Tuesday shift when they were dispatched on a report of a dog swimming offshore in Ocean County.

Troopers Ryan Koehler and Vincent Ferdinandi of the NJSP Point Pleasant Station, had to travel by boat to retrieve the dog, who went missing near F Cove on June 6, State Police said on Facebook.

F Cove is near Brick and Toms River. Shaped like the letter "F,"  it's a popular spot to beach boats.

Troopers Koehler and Ferdinandi said they found Chunk swimming in the cove near Mantoloking Bridge, according to police.

The troopers were able to bring Chunk safely back to shore.

Chunk, who is 3-years-old, was a very happy hound on Tuesday, State Police said.

State Police planned a news conference at their Point Pleasant Station "for a reunion of sorts" between the troopers and Chunk's thankful owners, according to Sgt. First Class Lawrence Peele.

"Needless to say (Chunk) was ecstatic to be reunited with his grateful owners," NJSP wrote on their Facebook page. 

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