While it isn't clear exactly how the exhausted cat ended up out so far from shore, chances are she wouldn't have lasted much longer. Fortunately, a clean-up crew from Istanbul's environmental management devision spotted her in time, and moved to pluck her from the sea.
Initially, the group tried to scoop the cat up with a net, but for whatever reason, the frightened animal resisted those attempts.
In a stroke of genius, however, the quick-thinking crew found another way. They engaged their boat's conveyer belt, normally used to collect floating ocean debris. And sure enough, as video of the rescue shows, it worked like a charm.