updated 3/30/2004 1:31:27 PM ET 2004-03-30T18:31:27

A Labrador retriever was found alive on an isolated cove of a southeast Alaska island more than a month after its owner was given up for dead when his boat sank in rough seas.

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Two local fishermen found the dog named Brick on Heceta Island several miles from the accident. The men had known the dog’s owner who went down with his boat in late January.

The dog swam to the men’s boat and was hauled aboard — underweight, with an injured leg, fur matted with tree sap, but wiggling with joy, according to friends of the fishermen.

The discovery of the 8-year-old dog last week sent a shock through the close-knit rain forest community of mariners and loggers, who had given up hope of finding Greg Clark, 48.

“I was blown away,” said John Pugh, a friend of Clark who has custody of the animal.

Clark was lost after his 32-foot boat broke apart Jan. 22 on rocks near the west side of the island, among a cluster of islands within the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest.

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