Dog swims 3km to US navy island

  • 18/03/2016
Connor Lamb holds Luna (Reuters)
Connor Lamb holds Luna (Reuters)

A dog believed to have drowned after disappearing from a fishing boat off the California coast five weeks ago has been found on an island owned by the US Navy and will be reunited with her owner, the navy says.

Luna, a blue-eyed German shepherd-husky mix, apparently swam 3km to San Clemente Island, off the San Diego coast, where navy employees found her on Tuesday (local time), Naval Base Coronado spokeswoman Sandy DeMunnik said. The island is a navy training base.

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

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

Mr Haworth searched the waters for two days backed by navy personnel, who also searched the island for a week, DeMunnik said.

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

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

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