A dog was reported missing two miles off the coast of San Diego, California, near San Clement Island. After falling off a fishing boat, into the Pacific Ocean the one-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd was presumed to have drowned. Surprisingly, she was discovered alive and well five weeks later!
Luna was on a commercial fishing boat with her owner, Nick Haworth, when she fell overboard. On February 10, the owner reported her missing, and after several days of searching, the dog was presumed dead. Her owner searched the waters for two days, and Navy personnel searched the island for a week, but there was no sign of Luna.
“He insisted that he was 90 percent sure that she made it to shore because she was such a strong swimmer,” said Sandy DeMunnik, public affairs officer for Naval Base Coronado. “They were pulling in their (lobster) traps, and one minute Luna was there and the next minute she was gone. They looked everywhere for her. They couldn’t see her. The water was dark and she’s dark.”
However, Luna was miraculously discovered after more than a month on San Clemente Island, a Navy-owned training base 70 miles off the coast of San Diego. According to the Associated Press, this drew attention because domestic animals are not permitted on the island for environmental reasons. According to the Tribune, crew members drove up, opened the car door, and whistled, and Luna jumped in.
“They saw Luna just sitting on the side of the road wagging her tail,” DeMunnik told ABC News. “Keep in mind, there are no domesticated animals on the island, so it was a stunning sight.”
The dog is thought to have swum ashore and survived on the island by eating mice. She was examined by a San Diego Zoo wildlife biologist, who said she was “perfectly healthy other than being a little undernourished.” Then, the biologist gave Haworth the unexpected news. “He was overwhelmed,” DeMunnik said. “He was so happy and grateful and thrilled.”
More on this amazing rescue in the video below!