After escaping a sinking fishing boat and being lost on a jetty for three days, Camo finally gets to go home!
When Camo, the nearly six month old pit bull pup, set sail from Ilwaco, WA with his owner Shane Lague and Skipper Todd Holt, little did any of them know that disaster awaited them at the bay entrance to Newport. Sunday night at around 10:30pm, Captain Holt, blaming a malfunctioning radar, missed the turn into the harbor channel and sent their Fishing Vessel “Two Mikes” directly into the rocks. Lague got off first onto the boulders that were cutting gashes into the side of the vessel. Holt was tossed overboard, but he managed to climb up onto the rocks with Lague. Both yelled for their dogs; Lague for Camo, and Holt for his yellow lab “Bob.” Neither emerged from the sinking fishing boat.
A short while later the Coast Guard led them off the jetty and to the hospital where they were both evaluated and later released. The next day, Coast Guardsman found the yellow lab’s body still inside the boat. But there was no sign of Camo, Lague’s pit bull pup. Lague figured he had drowned during the sinking. Lague returned to his family in Long Beach, WA with the sad news.
Then three days later, a fisherman on the jetty discovered Camo on the jetty, and saw him leap down to the sandy beach. The fisherman, knowing of the wreck and the missing dog, scooped Camo up and held him for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Arriving at the shelter the manager contacted Lague at his home, described the animal and Lague said, “that’s my dog!” An e-mailed picture to him confirmed it.
The Lague family jumped in their car and headed for Newport, arriving shortly after noon on Thursday to a very happy reunion with their beloved pet. Here it is on video!