A castaway canine has been rescued by the Navy after being swept away on a log in the Hauraki Gulf.
The distressed dog was spotted drifting in Smokehouse Bay yesterday, having been washed out to sea during Tuesday’s storm.
As the crew of the Royal New Zealand Navy vessel HMNZS Hawea came into the bay on Great Barrier Island to anchor, Able Seaman Combat Specialist Filipe Latu noticed the dog and alerted his commanding officer with a plea to rescue it.
Lieutenant Anthony Norris said the dog was an “unusual and unexpected” sight.
“There was significant debris in the water and on one large log floating in the water was this poor helpless dog.
“I would hate to think how long he was there.”
He deployed one of the ship’s rigid-hulled inflatable boats with four crew aboard, and the dog was successfully rescued.
The dog was taken ashore, where the sailors found someone who knew its owners and they were reunited.