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Dog returns after believed to be lost at sea

The German shepherd disappeared from a fishing boat off the California coast five weeks ago.
Reuters

Adogbelievedto have drowned after disappearing from a fishing boat off the California coast five weeks ago was found on anislandowned by the U.S.Navyand will be reunited with her owner on Thursday evening, theNavysaid.

Luna, a blue-eyed German shepherd-husky mix, apparently swam 2 miles (3.2 km) to San ClementeIsland, off the San Diego coast, whereNavyemployees found her on Tuesday, Naval Base Coronado spokeswoman Sandy DeMunnik said. Theislandis aNavytraining base.

"It was a long haul for a puppy across treacherousterrain," DeMunnik said on Thursday. "She was a little thinner, but none the worse for wear."

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Luna, who is about 18-months old, was on a fishing boat with her owner Nick Haworth when she went missing before dawn on Feb. 10 while Haworth and a crew member hauled in a catch, DeMunnik said.

Haworthsearched the waters for two days backed byNavypersonnel, who alsosearched theislandfor a week, DeMunnik said.

The San Diego fisherman presumed Luna was dead 10 days after she went missing, posting photos of thedogon Facebook and writing "RIP Luna."

Luna likely spent no more than a day in the water. She was found sitting along a road on theisland.

"Beyond stoked to have Luna back," Haworth wrote on Facebook. "I always knew she was a warrior."

 
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