A dog that survived in a house swept away to sea three weeks ago by the devastating Japan tsunami was saved on Friday by a coast guard rescue team flying over an island of debris, according to the Reuters’ report.
The dog was found on the roof of a house floating off the coast of Kesennuma, in the Miyagi prefecture in northern Japan. The animal was described as “emaciated, but alive” after it had been adrift since the March 11 disaster.
A helicopter first spotted the dog, but the animal was scared by the propellers, so it hid under the roof. Rescuers were forced to descend onto the roof to try to lure the dog to safety. They even tried to poke a hole in the roof, but the dog still stayed away.
Eventually, the dog was saved by a coast guard boat that took over the rescue when the helicopter ran low of fuel, Japanese broadcaster NTV said. The force hoped the dog’s owner might be nearby and the dog would lead them to its owners, but no one was found in the house.
The dog did not have a name tag or any other ID on its collar so the crew was unable to find its owner. They are hoping that, back on land, the dog might be able to lead them to its owner, according to the Japanese broadcaster NTV.
The dog’s survival was a rare piece of good news as Japan’s rescue services, helped by US forces, launched a three-day operation to search for and recover the 18,000 people still missing and now presumed dead after the earthquake and tsunami three weeks ago. [via The Telegraph (UK), Reuters and CBC]