Doggone good tale: Pup found 5 weeks after falling overboard

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SAN DIEGO — It sounds like a pitch for a far-fetched movie: “Cast Away” but with a dog instead of Tom Hanks. Only this sea tale is true.

A California fisherman’s beloved German shepherd fell overboard and was presumed drowned. More than a month later, she was found.

The 1 ½-year-old dog named Luna was spotted Tuesday on San Clemente Island, a Navy-owned training base 70 miles off San Diego.

The blue-eyed pup went missing Feb. 10 as Nick Haworth worked on a boat 2 miles from the island.

Navy spokeswoman Sandy DeMunnik says Luna apparently swam to the island and may have lived off mice for five weeks.

Navy staffers spotted her by a road, wagging her tail. Luna will be turned over to a friend of Haworth’s who will reunite her with her owner Thursday.

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