Dog Falls Off Boat, Swims 2 Miles To Shore And Survives On His Own For 5 Weeks Before Being Rescued

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March 16, 2018

Luna an 18-month-old German Shepherd accidentally fell off a fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean. She then had to swim two miles to a nearby island and survived for five weeks alone on this island before she was found.

Nick Hayworth, a fisherman was out fishing near an island about 80 miles off the coast of San Diego. Luna was reported missing the morning of February 10, 2016, by Hayworth. 

"He told us Luna was a very powerful swimmer and that he was 90 percent sure she'd head for shore," said Sandy DeMunnik, who is the public affairs officer for Naval Base Coronado. "So our staff searched the island, but with no luck. He stayed in the area for two more days to look for her, and after a week, we considered her lost at sea and presumed dead."

Over a month later, Luna showed up to greet Navy staffers arriving on the island for work.

"They saw Luna just sitting on the side of the road, wagging her tail, Keep in mind, there are no domesticated animals on the island, so it was a stunning sight," said DeMunnik.

After being rescued, Luna was examined by a wildlife biologist at the San Diego Zoo who said she was "perfectly healthy, other than being a little undernourished," DeMunnik said. "It looks like she'd been surviving off of mice for the past few weeks."

Watch the beautiful moment Hayworth reunites with his dog, Luna after 5 weeks of being missing. "To have my best friend back is the greatest gift I've ever received," he said.

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