Man saves dog first, then wife from capsized yacht

The couple met rough waters near East London. Credit: Reuters
The couple met rough waters near East London.
Credit: Reuters

What would you do if your significant other chose to rescue the dog before helping you to safety in an emergency situation? We’d expect at least a heated conversation about it.

A South African man did just that when he was forced to abandon his yacht after running into a reef. Graham Anley first helped his dog ashore, before returning to rescue his wife Sheryl after the boat nearly capsized.

The couple was on a three-month tour around the world when they hit the reef near East London.

“As the incident happened Graham sent a mayday radio distress call and activated the EPIRB (emergency position indication radio beacon), but they were immediately forced to abandon the yacht,” said Geoff McGregor of the National Sea Rescue Institute.

During the emergency, Graham chose to save his 9-year-old dog, Jack Russell Rose, first.

“Graham told us he first swam Rose ashore safely before returning for his wife, whose safety line had become snagged on steering gear,” McGregor said in a statement.

Shortly after a rescue helicopter arrived on the scene and airlifted the couple and their dog to a nearby sea rescue base.

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