The crew of Royal New Zealand Navy vessel HMNZS Hawea rescued a distressed dog adrift on a log off Great Barrier Island.
The dog was spotted floating in Smokehouse Bay, believed to have been washed out to sea sometime during the recent Auckland storms.
Able Seaman Combat Specialist Filipe Latu noticed the dog perched on the log and went straight to the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Anthony Norris
Lieutenant Norris deployed one of the ship's inflatable boats with four crew to rescue the dog. The dog was then taken ashore, where the sailors found a friendly face who knew the dog's owners.