( 4UMF NEWS ) Dog Lost Overboard Turns Up On An Island Five Weeks Later:
A dog lost overboard in the Pacific Ocean turned up five weeks later on a remote island off Southern California, Navy officials said Wednesday.
Luna, a 1-year-old German shepherd, fell off her owner’s fishing boat Feb. 10 into waters about two miles from San Clemente Island, Naval Base Coronado spokeswoman Sandy DeMunnik told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Nick Hayworth reported the blue-eyed pooch missing, explaining “one moment Luna was there and the next she was gone” when he and his crew were reeling in their traps, DeMunnik said. Search teams gave up looking for her about a week later.
Yet the pup must have swum to the island and survived on her own before personnel at the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field found her sitting by a road Tuesday. DeMunnik said she “ran right up to the staff” when they spotted her.
A biologist who examined Luna said she was a bit malnourished but otherwise healthy. The Navy planned to fly her to Air Station North Island on San Diego Bay to be reunited with a family friend of Hayworth’s Wednesday.
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