"The sound gradually intensified," Nikitina told The Dodo. "At first it was nearly invisible, but then I could see this black spot moving in the distance. It was a kitten. She jumped over the stony bank, following our voices. She jumped from stone to stone, and crossed the snags."
The water near the shore was too shallow and rocky to bring the boat close, but Nikitina said the kitten found her own way to them: "While we thought about what to do, she jumped into the water and swam."
Two of Nikitina's relatives then jumped in after her, as seen in this video of the dramatic rescue.