MANTEO, North Carolina (WTVD) — Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty! Three underwater inspectors with the North Carolina Department of Transportation rescued a small kitten after it was thrown off the Old Mans Harbor Bridge in Manteo on Thursday.

The kitten was quickly grabbed out of the water and rushed to a nearby veterinarian.

Billy Cox, Ben Presgrave, and Reece Newman were prepping on their boat Wednesday morning when they noticed something was wrong. Somebody threw a kitten off the Old Manns Harbor Bridge over the Croatan Sound.

“Looked like a drowned rat,” Presgrave said. “We wrapped him up in a blanket and dried him off as best we could and took him to the vet.”

“We weren’t really sure what it was in the beginning and a couple minutes later we saw something trying to swim in the water,” Newman explained.

“We went into rescue mode at that point and everything changed,” Cox shared.

After rescuing the kitten and taking him to the vet, Newman paid for the kitten’s bills and appropriately named him Bridger Catfish Newman.

“‘Bridger’ because he came off a bridge.

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