Nautical cat returned to owners after going missing overboard
NewsWednesday 24 July 2013
A cat has been returned to his owners after going missing during a sailing adventure around Britain.
The nautical feline - not pictured - was aboard the boat with his owners and then went AWOL for a week, before being returned home.
Helena and Steve Neal had set off on the journey accompanied by “Captain” Buxton, aboard their yacht Amalia.
However, during the epic trip, the cat went missing at Lossiemouth harbour and was feared to have been lost forever.
The 10-year-old British blue short-hair had to overcome his aversion to water in order to join the crew for the 2,000 mile voyage, which was undertaken to raise money for charity.
When the Neals, who are from Whitstable in Kent, awoke on July 12th they were heartbroken to discover their beloved pet was missing.
The couple put up posters in Lossiemouth and posted appeals on the internet to try and find their cat. They also spent two days searching for Buxton before making the heartbreaking decision to sail on without him.
However, a couple from Lossiemouth called the Neals up to say that Buxton had turned up at their kitchen. And, the couple, who have only been identified as Graham and Lynne, even offered to drive the 75 miles to Loch Ness to return him.
Speaking to The Express, Mr Neal said: “He has lost a little weight and was looking a bit sorry for himself, but has settled back into his routine of eating and snoozing.”