Cedar was rescued from a sailboat adrift after his owner was air rescued days earlier.
Glen Hampton and Doug Monroe, along with Glen's pit bull Cedar and cat Banana, were enjoying a sailing trip on the northern BC coast earlier this week when they ran into serious trouble. Glen's sailboat became stranded after 80 kilometer an hour winds and 4 meter waves buffeted the 50 foot sailboat, breaking the rudder, killing the power and tearing the boat's sails. Glen sent out a "MayDay" distress call and the coast guard responded by sending out a Cormorant rescue helicopter and plane.
When the rescue crew arrived, the winds had picked up even more fiercely. The coast guard had to call in a nearby cruise ship to help block some of the wind, so the rescue crew could get safely to the men in distress.
Doug, who has diabetes, was in dire need of help, so he was hoisted off the boat first. The coast guard next attempted to get Glen along with Cedar at the same time. But as Glen was put into the rescue sling, the line went taut and the two men were slammed into the side of the boat and plunged into the high waves.
The rescuers were not able to go back for Cedar or Banana, as the helicopter was low on fuel and critical on time, forcing them to leave the animals behind.
Distressed for the welfare of his beloved Cedar, Glen borrowed money to charter a plane early the next day to go search for his boat. From the air, his son spotted a black dot in the water which was his sailboat. When back at shore, Glen took out a tug boat to retrieve his sailboat, and, he prayed, his dog too.
The family had been scared Cedar might have attempted to swim to shore. But when Glen arriived at his ship late Wednesday he found Cedar and Banana safely on board.
Although he borrowed $10,000 to charter the plane and tugboat, Glen told GlobalBC TV he had no choice. Cedar is worth every penny. "He's been a constant companion for 8 years and everyone in town loves him," said Glen. "He's a very special animal."
Cedar arrives back at shore after his ordeal.
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