Man Saves Dog From Sinking Ship -- Then Helps His Wife

If you are madly in love with your pet, you may have occasionally pondered who you would save first in an emergency: Your pet or your spouse. One man got his answer when his yacht was reportedly sinking off the coast of Madagascar, and when push came to shove -- he rescued his dog before his wife. That sounds like the punchline to a joke, but apparently it really happened.


The couple were sailing from East London when their yacht hit a reef and began to sink. Aboard were the husband, wife, and their little pooch, Rosie, a 9-year-old Jack Russell terrier.

The man reportedly grabbed the dog and swam with it ashore before turning around and going back to help his wife. Her safety line had snagged on the steering gear. So if the ship went down, she may have gone down with it.


Let's look at what could have happened here. The man may not have known his wife was in trouble. Given that the couple have a yacht, my guess is that both the man and wife can swim. The dog, especially an elderly dog like that, probably would not have been able to swim or known where to go.

All three of them had life vests. He knew his wife did. The couple had probably discussed and practiced what they would do if the ship ever got into trouble.

My guess is that saving the dog first was probably something they had decided together.

And then. Can I say. It's a dog. Who does not love their dog??? The wife, on the other hand, might have been a pain in the neck. Joking, sorta ...

Anyway, I guess if it was me and my husband swam off with the dog and left me to fend for myself -- well, I'm not sure how I'd feel. I'd like to say I would totally understand, because I'm a huge animal lover.

But would I?

It's easy to say yes, but I haven't been in this position. I don't know how safe the wife was, or what exactly happened, or what went into this decision.

The great thing about this couple though? Besides the fact everyone -- including the pup -- made it safely to shore? They refused to clarify for the media what happened. Based on that alone, I'd say their marriage is fine.

Who would you save first? Hubby or your pet?


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