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Italy: Baywatch, doggy style

Pamela Anderson retired? How about a Labrador?

On Ostia beach, the most popular of Rome, the Labrador “officer” has turned into the major summer attraction for both citizens and tourists.

“I rely much more on the dogs than the humans if I were drowning,” 20-year-old Piero said. “It’s their nature to save people. But more of these animals are needed here, especially considering all the children that venture alone out at sea.”

Summer sea deaths still occur on a daily base.

In late July, two foreign children drowned in the north of Italy despite their father's desperate efforts to save them.