A dog has been reported missing off the coast of San Diego, California, two miles from San Clement Island. The 1.5-year-old German Shepherd is said to have drowned in the Pacific Ocean after falling from a fishing boat. Surprisingly, she was found alive and well five weeks later!
The Luna was with her owner, Nick Haworth, on a commercial fishing vessel when it fell overboard. On February 10, the owner reported her missing and after days of searching the dog was finally found missing. Her owner searched the waters for about two days and Navy personnel searched the island for about a week but found no sign of Luna.
“He insisted he was 90 percent sure she had disembarked because she was such a strong swimmer,” said Sandy DeMunnik, public affairs officer at Coronado Naval Base. “They were pulling their (lobster) traps, and one minute Luna was there and the next she was gone. They looked for him everywhere. They couldn’t see him. The water was dark and it is dark.
However, after more than a month, Luna was miraculously spotted on San Clemente Island, a Navy-owned training base 70 miles off San Diego. The AP reports that this has drawn attention as pets are not allowed on the island for environmental reasons. The crew members walked over, opened the car door and whistled, and Luna jumped inside, the Tribune reports.
“They saw Luna sitting on the side of the road wagging her tail,” DeMunnik told ABC News. “Please note that there are no animals on the island so it was a breathtaking sight.”
The dog is believed to have landed while swimming and survived by eating mice on the island.She was examined by a wildlife biologist at the San Diego Zoo who said she was “perfectly healthy and a little undernourished.” Then the biologist gave Haworth the unexpected news. “He was overwhelmed,” DeMunnik said. “He was so happy, grateful and thrilled.”