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Sunday, April 3, 2011


Dog three weeks at sea saved

SENDAI (Kyodo) The Japan Coast Guard managed to save a small brown dog Friday from a floating rooftop 1.8 km off Miyagi Prefecture, three weeks after a massive tsunami ravaged the northeast coast.

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Safe and sound: Coast guardsmen pat a dog they rescued Friday 1.8 km off the coast of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, three weeks after the mega-quake and tsunami.   KYODO PHOTO

 

The canine castaway was spotted by helicopter at around 4 p.m. by a special rescue unit from the 3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, operating out of Yokohama.

The team’s initial rescue attempt failed after the dog, perhaps scared by the hovering helicopter, jumped from the roof over to nearby driftwood.

A rescue boat with three guardsmen was then dispatched and succeeded in catching the pooch an hour later by using rescue stretchers.

The dog, which was wearing a black collar that had no indication of who its owner might be, was fed biscuits and sausages aboard the coast guard vessel and is behaving itself, the coast guard said.

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Comments on: "Dog three weeks at sea saved" (4)

  1. Allan Lindh said:

    In case you haven’t heard there is now a small, but serious, school of thought in paleo-anthropology that when modern humans migrated out of Africa 50-100K years ago, they were domesticated by wolves/dogs, who taught them how to be human. Working cooperatively, being nice to each other, etc. About time we returned favor. Sure looks like an Australian cattle dog to me, toughest smartest dog God ever made. Just ask my dog Osa.

  2. Doug Lerner said:

    When I had Tao, who passed away a few years ago at 14 years 2 months of age, I often felt the meaning of human existence was no deeper than being there to take care of dogs.doug

  3. yackle01 said:

    That was nice but it is better to save people( I think) love, Muttle

  4. Doug Lerner said:

    I’m sure they are placing a priority on saving people. In fact, even with this dog rescue, they were hoping the dog might be able to lead rescuers to its owner.doug

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