(Source) East London – A couple and their dog are recovering after swimming to safety when their yacht ran aground near the East London coast on Sunday. Graham Anley,his wife Cheryl and their 9-year-old Jack Russell Rosie were sailing from East London to Madagascar for a holiday when their yacht hit a reef in the early hours of Sunday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute’s Geoff McGregor said. Anley and the dog swam to shore before returning for his wife whose safety line had snagged on the steering gear.
The Jack Russell was wearing a specially tailored dog life-jacket which has its own emergency strobe light attached to it. Once safely ashore, the couple alerted the NSRI. When a rescue helicopter was dispatched, the couple and Rosie were found safely ashore and uninjured. However, the couple’s yacht, called The Boundless, was severely damaged. Anley is himself a volunteer for the NSRI. He said that after 22 years as a volunteer it is “humbling to have the shoe on the other foot and need to be rescued”.
Love this guy. Oh your yacht is sinking and your family is about to die? Well first save your dog, who is wearing a Life Jacket and can probably swim just fine because he’s a dog, and then and only then do you go back for your wife. That’s how you have your priorities straight. Anyone can replace a wife. Bitches come and go. People get divorced all the time. But your dog is your dog and anyone who doesn’t understand that Graham Anley acted exactly how he should have is probably a cat person.
If you’re going on a trip from London to Madagascar and you can’t make it out of East London without crashing your boat, you’re probably more of a land person.