Dog Lost at Sea and Presumed Dead Turns Up Weeks Later
A fisherman whose dog had been missing for five weeks after falling off a boat has been found.
Nick Haworth had lost all hope and had presumed that his dog, Luna, had died. He even wrote on his Facebook account: “RIP Luna, you will be greatly missed.”
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Luna fell off his owner’s fishing boat, “Elizabeth H,” on Feb. 10. They were just off the coast of San Clemente Island, which is owned by the U.S. Navy and part of Los Angeles County.
“One moment Luna was there and the next she was gone,” Haworth told officials at the time.
Haworth even stayed in the area where Luna disappeared for two days, but she was nowhere to be seen. A search was launched for the dog and Navy officials searched for the dog from the land and from above, but never found the blue-eyed German shepherd-husky mix.
“She blended right in,” Navy wildlife biologist Melissa Booker told The San Diego Union-Tribune about the dog.
Booker said that crew members found Luna sitting by the side of a roadway while they were driving along the island’s main road.
“They literally opened up the car door, whistled, and she jumped right in,” said Booker.
— The Union-Tribune (@sdut) March 17, 2016
Apparently Luna, who’s one year and a half, swam to shore and survived on her own for weeks. The dog was a bit malnourished, but otherwise healthy and with no injuries. Booker said Luna also seemed to have eaten mice in order to survive.
On an island where no domestic animals are allowed, Luna became popular.
“Everybody loved her,” Booker said.
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) March 17, 2016
Meanwhile, Haworth, a 20-year-old San Diego State University student, wrote on his Facebook page that he was “beyond stoked to have Luna back.”
Since he was out of town, his friend Conner Lamb, picked up the dog on March 16 at the Coronado base after she was flown to North Island.
“When I got the call that this happened I never thought in my wildest dreams that this would be a possibility, that I would ever see her coming, that I would ever see her again,” Lamb told NBC San Diego.
The dog and her owner were set to reunite on March 17.