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A fisherman's beloved dog that was presumed to be drowned 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 gone,' 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 lost 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,' DeMunnik said.
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Responses to "German shepherd is found alive five weeks after it was lost in the Pacific Ocean"

  1. Anonymous says:

    God blessed this pretty girl. Looks like she may have some Siberian Husky in here. That's wonderful she survived and was found.

  2. So happy she is alive and well, God bless her, he was watching! <3

  3. Anonymous says:

    She is one strong dog 46miles she swam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! very brave

  4. God bless she safe...

  5. What a Beautiful Baby! So Happy you got her back, We Love our little ones so much! What a Beautiful ending!

  6. Anony says:

    So wonderful a story. God bless Luna....

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