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.

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....

  7. Anonymous says:

    what a tough lady !!! God bless her.. <3

  8. what a blessing... she is gorgeous, absolutely love her beautiful blue eyes... (I have 8 Shepard looking dogs, We are a pack). So happy she's back home

  9. Anonymous says:

    But she's all like what the heck human lets not do that again!������

  10. Morgana says:

    God bless you all who helped in rescuing this remarkable sweet dog.

  11. Unknown says:

    So glad she was found and is ok. Get a bright yellow life jacket for her.

  12. The Store says:

    So this...divine intervention.....beautiful dog

  13. Unknown says:

    She didn't swim 46 miles, she swam around 2. the map shows the distance from the island she was found on and the mainland. Lucky and strong dog!

  14. Unknown says:

    I bet a dolphin helped her

  15. Wonderful!❤
    I hope he will buy her a bright life west. Maybe with gps 🙂

  16. Unknown says:

    wonderful story she was meant to be found.

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  18. LazyLady says:

    So glad that this strong and resourceful dog survived! I hope her owner puts a life jacket on her if he continues to take her out on the boat.

  19. Unknown says:

    How can you not know your ddo went overboard??? and dogs should wear life jackets mine does.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Owner looks like a bone head

  21. pennyspen says:

    It says they were working on a boat 2 miles from the island. So she swam 2 miles approximately??
    Why does it show the 46 miles from San Diego? And then it says the navel base on the island is 70 miles from there.

  22. Unknown says:

    This is such a heartwarming story!

  23. Unknown says:

    Why present this story as if the dog survived 5 weeks in the ocean?? The truth just isn't sufficient any more.

  24. Unknown says:

    I have tears of joy in my eyes. Way to go Luna. You are one lucky German Shepherd. I am so happy that dog and owner have been reunited. What a miracle. I have had Luna on my mind since I first heard of this incident. OMG. What a relief for all of us who care and love our 4 legged family members.

  25. Unknown says:

    I love a happy ending. She is beautiful and a very determined little girl. Love my GSD!

  26. Life vests on all live bodies on any boat always!

  27. rjlady says:

    Bless her heart. Thank you God for watching over her! ❤❤❤❤

  28. Sophie says:

    Praise God! Such a strong pup!

  29. LAmike says:

    Beautiful story. The most uplifting I´ve read so far today.

  30. donnasue says:

    amazing story, so happy she's safe,

  31. Anonymous says:

    The dog is not an "IT," she's a "SHE," and I hope the gentleman keeps her home from now on. Less exciting but safe.... Very glad there was a lucky, happy ending!

  32. So happy she is safe and back with her family.

  33. ZuniMaya says:

    INCREDIBLE JOURNEY! Glad she is now SAFE!

  34. Unknown says:

    What a touching story. I love German shepherds. They are smart dogs.

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