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An East London family is alive and well thanks to the quick action of Graham Anley, who swam his wife, Cheryl, and their 9-year-old Jack Jussell Terrier, Rosie, to safety after their yacht began taking on water early Sunday morning. Graham, however, might be spending a little time in the doghouse since he chose to save Rosie first!
The couple’s yacht, called The Boundless, ran aground in the very early morning hours on Sunday, reportedly after striking a reef near the East London coast.
Anley, a volunteer for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), helped his dog, Rosie, who was outfitted with a custom life vest with an emergency strobe light, to shore before returning to assist his wife. Meanwhile, Cheryl’s safety line had become snagged on the ship’s steering gear.
The NSRI dispatched a helicopter to rescue the shipwrecked family.
The couple and their dog are all safe and doing well. The ship, however, suffered major damage.
Anley told News24 that after 22 years as a volunteer for the NSRI it is “humbling to have the shoe on the other foot and need to be rescued.”
If you were in a shipwreck, who would you rescue first – your spouse or your dog?