Cheryl Mollicone and Lulu are happily reunited

Cheryl Mollicone and Lulu are happily reunited

The owner of a small dog that nearly drowned in Marina del Rey harbor is thankful for a dog-loving Good Samaritan who dove into the water to save it.

Cheryl Mollicone was walking her dogs near the harbor gates behind the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library on June 24 when Lulu, a Chihuahua and Jack Russell terrier mix, slipped and fell into the water.

“She always gravitates to a wall or fence when we’re walking because she’s blind. Something freaked her out and she began pulling out of her harness. The next thing I know she’s in the water,” said Mollicone, 67.

Mollicone said she began “screaming her head off” because Lulu is afraid of the water. A group of people who were in the library parking lot came to see what happened but no one was willing to take any definitive action.

Then David Kim came riding by on his bicycle.

“Just like that, he takes off his shirt and shoes and jumps into the water,” Mollicone said.

Kim rescued Lulu and delivered the scared and wet dog to her owner at one of the docks near Admiralty Way, where Lulu appeared a little shaken up but otherwise healthy.

Mollicone offered Kim a cash reward for his act of kindness, but Kim refused.

“He said he understood because he is a dog owner,” she said.

Still grateful, Mollicone has since lost contact with Kim due to a telephone malfunction, so she called The Argonaut to publicly thank him.

“He’s going to have some great karma for the rest of his life,” she said. “My dog would not have survived if it weren’t for him. “

— Gary Walker