Tsunami Dog Rescued and Reunited with Owner
Out of the rubble of earthquake- and tsunami-devastated Japan comes a happy tale!
On Friday, April 1, while the search continued for survivors, a brown mixed breed dog was found floating on the roof of a house washed out to sea about one mile by the tsunami wave. It is believed the canine may have been surviving there for the past three weeks.
It took the Japanese Coast Guard–aided by U.S. rescuers on the scene–several hours to rescue the pup. Initially, a helicopter lowered a man to the rooftop, but he was unable to coax the shy dog into joining him. As the helicopter started running low on fuel, the project was turned over to coast guard personnel in a nearby boat. Mission successful!
The initial hope of the helicopter crew was that the dog would lead them to his humans, but none were found among the debris.
Local news reported on the amazing discovery and then the unexpected happened. The dog’s owners saw the broadcast and delightfully claimed their beloved dog. His name is Ban and he is two years old. The owners wish to remain anonymous.
Watch the beautiful reunion…
After the horrors of experiencing such a natural disaster, this story is giving hope to those searching for their loved ones. The expectation of finding many alive after three weeks is diminishing. Ban’s special rescue warms the heart.
Photo credit: Japan Coast Guard