Luna, the German shepherd-husky who was lost at sea for five weeks, was found alive on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. How Luna survived after falling into the ocean is a true miracle story that is touching the hearts of many, including Naval Air Base Commander Stephen Barnett.
Nick Haworth, the owner of the 18-month-old blue-eyed German shepherd-husky mix and a commercial fisherman, was fishing with Luna off the coast of San Clemente Island and was bringing in the nets on the 45-foot fishing boat when his 40-pound dog suddenly vanished. As San Diego’s CBS8 reports on March 17, Haworth suspected that his dog had fallen off the boat during the February 10 incident.
“One moment Luna was there and the next she was gone,” Haworth told Navy officials.
Since Luna had vanished about two miles off the coast of the San Clemente Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, Haworth notified the Navy about his lost dog. However, after searching for Luna for two days in the Pacific Ocean without any sign of her, Haworth lost all hope. On February 20, after a futile one-week search by the Navy, Haworth posted pictures of Luna on his Facebook page with the following devastating words:
“RIP Luna, you will be greatly missed.”
Little did Haworth, his family, and his friends know that while they were mourning Luna, the German shepherd-husky dog was fighting for her survival.
After falling off the fishing boat, Luna swam two miles in the Pacific Ocean to San Clemente Island where she hunted small rodents in order to survive. The Navy, who owns the island located just 70 miles off San Diego, uses the island as a training base and to conduct live fire exercises, a territory filled with dangers for a tan-and-black dog that blends right in.
Five weeks after Luna’s disappearance, crew members driving along the island’s main road saw the missing dog sitting on the side of the road:
“They literally opened up the car door, whistled, and she jumped right in,” said Navy wildlife biologist Melissa Booker.
Luna, the German shepherd-husky who had been lost at sea for five weeks, was somewhat undernourished but otherwise in good health. She became the star on San Clemente Island, which does not allow any pets. On Wednesday, Luna was flown to the naval base in Coronado in San Diego and is staying with one of her owner’s friends until Nick Haworth returns back to San Diego.
In regard to his beloved German shepherd-husky dog, Nick Haworth wrote on his Facebook page on March 17: “Beyond stoked to have Luna back. I always knew she was a warrior.” And after having miraculously survived being lost at sea for five weeks, Naval Air Base Commander Stephen Barnett presented the 18-month-old German shepherd-husky Luna with a special dog tag saying, “For Luna, keep the faith.”