Dog Lost at Sea for 5 Weeks Finally Rescued

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What a miracle rescue for one very lucky dog.

Five weeks ago, a fisherman lost his dog when she fell overboard 80 miles off the coast of San Diego. Luna, a German Shepherd, was presumed dead after one week when she had not made it to shore and had not been found by search parties in surrounding waters.

Her owner, Nick Hayworth, told the US Navy officer in charge of the search that one-year-old Luna was a very strong swimmer and he was "90 percent sure she'd head for shore."

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It may have seemed a long shot at the time, but it turned out to be completely true. Luna's owner stayed in town for a week to look for his lost pal, but after not finding her on shore or anywhere in the water she was presumed dead.

But on Tuesday March 15, lucky Luna appeared seemingly out of nowhere on the Coronado Navy base. The base is on an island with no domesticated animals allowed, so you can imagine what a shock it was for Navy staff to see her "sitting on the side of the road wagging her tail."

Navy staff were soon able to identify Luna as the missing pup and notified Nick Hayworth of her miraculous return. As would be expected, he was "ecstatic - jumping up and down" to get the news.

Luna appeared to be perfectly healthy, and was thought to have had to swim to shore battling tough El Nino storms and then lived off of mice or other critters on the island for the weeks up until she was found.

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Luna was reunited with her owner soon after being found. What a happy reunion that must have been for both man and man's best friend! To learn more about this amazing story, click here.

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Dog Lost at Sea for 5 Weeks Finally Rescued