A man rescued his dog before his wife when their yacht hit a reef and nearly capsized in the ocean.
South African couple, Graham and Sheryl Anley were on a three-month sailing trip to Madagascar when they became caught in a storm. They were hit by rough waters in a dangerous stretch of ocean on the Transkei coast and battled waves of up to 23 feet (7 meters) when their yacht was swept onto a reef.
Graham- who volunteers for sea rescue - immediately sent a distress call and activated the EPIRB (Global Positioning Distress beacon) but the family was forced to abandon ship when the boat took on water.
All three were wearing life-jackets and Jack Russell Terrier, Rosie, was wearing a specially-made dog life jacket equipped with an emergency strobe light.
Graham first grabbed 9-year-old Rosie and swam to shore before returning for Sheryl, whose safety line had snagged on the steering gear.
Once all were safely on land, Graham called the National Sea Rescue Institute North London for the help with his mobile phone and they were airlifted to safety.
The Anleys are planning to revisit the reef to see what they can salvage of their 36-foot yacht.
|In an emergency event would you rescue your dog first or your partner?|
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