Couple and Dog Escape from Wrecked Sailboat

A brave little dog and its two owners swam to shore from a shipwreck off one of South Africa’s most dangerous coasts.

Graham and Sheryl Anley, accompanied by their Jack Russell, Rosie, were on a three-month break to Madagascar aboard their yacht.

The alarm was raised with the NSRI in East London at 6:15 am on Sunday, following reports that the 36-foot yacht Boundless had run aground at Cebe, around 450km by road from East London, on the Transkei coast.

Geoff McGregor, NSRI East London station commander, reported that they had run into rough weather with waves of up to seven meters.

Despite the pair lowering their sails and turning on the motor, the fierce wind and sea eventually swept their boat ashore and onto a reef in the early hours.

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

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

Sheryl Anley and the dog were airlifted by the EMS rescue helicopter to the NSRI’s East London sea rescue base, while Graham Anley was being put up by a family backpackers lodge near to the scene.

McGregor said: “The EMS rescue helicopter crew had assisted to secure the yacht to the shore and personal belongings had been recovered from the yacht prior to departing for East London.

“Efforts will be made by the couple to make arrangements to salvage what they can of their yacht.”

He said the they would take a few days to assess the situation.

“Graham is an NSRI Plettenberg Bay volunteer (and) admits it is humbling, after 22 years as an NSRI volunteer, to have the shoe on the other foot and need to be rescued,” McGregor said.

He added his rescue team was delighted the family of three was safe.

Courtesy of www.iol.co.za

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