An 81-year-old man and his granddaughter, 3, were located Wednesday after they were reported missing in Naie town in Hokkaido, local officials said Thursday. Rescuers found the twosome along with a family dog that had kept them warm overnight, TV Asahi reported.
The man and child apparently were driving to an unknown destination on Tuesday afternoon to take their 7-year-old Labrador Retriever, named Junior, for a walk, when their car went off the road and fell several meters down a snowy embankment, TV Asahi reported.
Police said it snowed throughout the night and the temperature fell to -3.8 Celsius. The man told police that they remained in the overturned car. The engine wouldn't start, so they kept their bodies close to the dog to maintain warmth.
A search party found them just before noon on Wednesday. They were suffering from slight frostbite, TV Asahi reported.
The man’s wife told reporters that she attributed their safe rescue to the dog.© Japan Today