Luna falls off fishing boat, swims two miles to an island and survives for over a month
A fisherman’s beloved dog that was presumed to be d.r.o.w.n.e.d in the Pacific Ocean has been found alive five weeks after falling overboard his boat.
Nick Haworth’s dog, Luna, a 1 ½-year-old German shepherd, was spotted Tuesday on San Clemente Island, a Navy-owned training base 70 miles off San Diego. The blue-eyed pup disappeared February 10 as Haworth, a commercial fisherman from San Diego, worked on a boat two miles from the island.
They were pulling in their (lobster) traps, and one minute Luna was there, and the next minute she was g.o.n.e: said Sandy DeMunnik, spokeswoman for Naval Base Coronado. They looked everywhere for her. They couldn’t see her. The water was dark, and she’s dark.
Haworth notified Navy personnel that his dog had fallen overboard.
He insisted that he was 90 percent sure that she made it to shore because she was such a strong swimmer: DeMunnik said. Haworth searched the waters for about two days and Navy staff searched the island for about a week but found no sign of Luna.
She was presumed l.o.s.t at sea until Tuesday morning when staff arriving for work at the island’s Naval Auxiliary Landing Field spotted something unusual — a dog sitting by the side of the road. She was just sitting there wagging her tail: DeMunnik said. The staff called to Luna, and she came right over.
A biologist then examined the dog and found her a little thin but otherwise healthy. ‘It looks like she was surviving on rodents and dead fish that had washed up: DeMunnik said. The biologist called Haworth, who was out of state working in the middle of a lake.
He was overwhelmed. He was so happy and grateful and thrilled
If you take a dog on a boat or any pet please put them in a life jacket made for pets. A wave or swift turn or something else may toss it overboard. A weaker dog would never had made it.
God blessed this pretty girl. That’s wonderful she survived and was found.