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Tsunami Castaway Dog Returns Home April 8, 2011
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Tsunami survivor Ban being comforted by Japan Coast Guard personnel on her way home to owner.
A dog washed out to sea by Japan’s March 11 tsunami has been found and returned to her owner ashore after more than three weeks adrift.

The reunion of the 2-year-old mixed breed named Ban was broadcast on Japanese television.

The dog was found after a coalition of Japanese and American personnel combed coastal waters for three days in search of any survivors washed offshore.

Ban was found on top of a floating roof from a house that had been washed out to sea in the disaster.

It took rescuers several hours to finally capture the castaway, who had been scrambling over the flotsam that saved her life.

Photo: NHK