SAILING cat Buxton has returned to ship after almost a week of being absent without leave.
The cat captain went missing during a charity sailing trip with owners Steve and Helena Neal from Whitstable, promoting desperate appeals for news.
But the missing moggy is now back on board, after a couple found him in their kitchen in Lossimouth, Scotland, the town where the boat had been moored.
They ferried him 75 miles to meet his owners, now at Loch Ness as part of their tour of the British coast on sailing yacht Amalia, to be greeted with a special lunch for the humans, and a bowl of his favourite cat food for Buxton.
Helena said: "He has lost a little weight, and was looking a bit sorry for himself but has settled straight back into his routine of eating and drinking before snoozing under the saloon table, and occasionally looking around the boat to see what's going on.
"Our guests' children have made a ‘welcome home’ banner for him that we've had hanging up in anticipation of his return, and we've made a long lead, inspired by one that a neighbour has been using, to preventing from jumping ship in the night again.
"It has been a stressful week and we’d like to thank everyone involved in the search to find him. We've had Facebook and Twitter users sharing and retweeting our messages and there have been both local radio and newspaper announcements raising awareness of his disappearance.
"It's been great to receive all the messages of support from everyone too."
Buxton and his owners are raising money for Pilgrims Hospices. Follow his adventures - this time hopefully with the yacht - at www.facebook.com/sailingyachtamalia