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It’s all about priorities, man. When something catastrophic like running your yacht aground happens to you, you’ve got some pretty important decisions to make regarding your rescue efforts. You can either save your wife first and risk losing your always loving, forever loyal dog, or make sure your dog is safely on land before attempting to save your wife.
Graham Anley, his wife Cheryl and their 9-year-old Jack Russell Rosie were sailing from East London to Madagascar for a holiday when their yacht hit a reef in the early hours of Sunday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute’s Geoff McGregor said.
Anley and the dog swam to shore before returning for his wife whose safety line had snagged on the steering gear.
The name of the yacht is The Boundless.
First of all, you’ve got to assume Mrs. Anley is a stronger swimmer than little Rosie. She’s got those tiny Jack Russell paws and all. Those things aren’t made for swimming. Boom, one point for Rosie. Secondly, Rosie is nine years old. That’s pretty old for a dog. Poor Rosie’s not getting around like she used to, like the spritely, little puppy she once was. Rosie: 2; Cheryl: 0. Finally, if Graham was only able to successfully complete one rescue attempt — if something awful had happened like the vessel was crushed up against some rocks and destroyed, or if it broke free and floated out to sea — Rosie would be the most grateful. That tail wouldn’t ever stop wagging. If his wife Cheryl was the only one rescued, Graham would never hear the end of it. “I can’t believe you crashed our fucking yacht! And you killed our dog! You call yourself a boat captain?!” Just every damn day for the rest of his life. No one’s got time for that.
No brainer. Mrs. Anley should just be thankful ol’ Graham came back for her after Rosie was safe. That wasn’t exactly a slam dunk decision.
[via News 24]
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