DESTIN, Fla. (CBSNEWS) – It was just another day on the water for a Florida charter boat captain when he noticed something falling from a nearby bridge.

At first, Capt. Jordan Smith, 35, thought it was an otter. But he realized the animal was a cat as it struggled to survive in the water, CBS affiliate WTVY-TV reports.

Smith used a net to pull the feline out of the water. The cat proceeded to grab hold of his arm all the way back to shore.

He drove it to a local veterinarian and now plans to welcome the feline into his home — and family.