Update---Dog Rescued on Tanker in Pacific

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  1. jjcollins

    jjcollins DIS Veteran

    Aug 26, 1999
    HONOLULU (AP) - For nearly three weeks, Forgea survived on little food or water and whatever rain fell on an abandoned tanker drifting across the Pacific Ocean.

    But the 2-year-old mixed-breed terrier's fate turned for the better over the weekend when the 40-pound dog was spotted running around the deck of the elusive vessel.

    Coast Guard crews dropped pizza, granola bars and oranges for Forgea from their plane and a day later Forgea was saved — capping a trying 19 days for a dog who was given little chance of surviving.

    "It is nothing short of a miracle that Forgea was discovered and found alive," said Martha Armstrong, vice president of the Humane Society of the United States.

    The fishing boat crew that rescued Forgea on Sunday planned to bring her back to Honolulu with them when they return next week.

    "They were trying to calm her down," said Armstrong. "She's been without company for 19 days, with several flyovers, she's probably really excited."

    The Humane Society launched a $50,000 effort to save the dog after the Taiwanese captain and Chinese crew of the disabled Insiko 1907 were rescued by a cruise liner south of Hawaii on April 2. The Indonesian tanker had been without power or communications since a March 13 fire that left one crewman dead.

    The dog was left behind, and the tanker could not be found after the Humane Society launched its rescue effort. At one point the group thought the ship had sunk with the dog on board. There was only one unconfirmed sighting until the C130 found the Insiko on Saturday, 250 miles east of Johnston Island.

    The Coast Guard plane that spotted Forgea was about 30 minutes from returning to Hawaii when radar technician Sean Burke said he had one more contact to check. It was about 50 miles outside the search area and appeared to be a vessel dead in the water.

    Using a video camera with a telephoto lens, Lt. Chris Shivery said he thought he saw the dog. But he wasn't sure until he and other crew members rewound the video and spotted her scampering about on the bridge.

    The crew rigged a container filled with the pizza, granola bars and oranges so it would break open when it hit the deck. The drop was made from an altitude of 150 feet while the plane was going about 150 mph.

    "We saw it break open, saw the food fly out on the deck," said the plane's pilot, Lt. Ben Boyer.

    After the spotting, Lt. j.g. Mia Dutcher said the Coast Guard reported the tanker's position to American Marine Corp., the salvage company hired to find the ship and rescue the dog.

    American Marine then directed a fishing vessel and a tug and barge about 80 miles away to go to the area, Dutcher said.

    The Hawaiian Humane Society has not been in contact with the dog's owner — the Insiko captain. He and an injured crewman flew home to Taiwan on April 6.

    "I know the dog will find a wonderful home," said Pamela Burns, the society's president. "There are several people who are interested."

    The captain has a friend in Honolulu who expressed interest in adopting the dog, she said.

    Once in Hawaii, Forgea will be subject to the state's strict quarantine law that requires imported pets to be held for up to 120 days before being released to their owners or adopted.


  2. WebmasterPenny

    WebmasterPenny <marquee behavior=alternate><img src=http://www.di

    Dec 16, 1999
    I love a happy ending :)

    Penny :)
  3. Mrs Dazzle

    Mrs Dazzle <font color=009900>Florida-mad (well, mad full sto

    Mar 9, 2002
    Hooray, hooray - was wondering what had happened to the doggy;)

    Delighted all's well that ends well:)

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