- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A South African couple setting sail on a three month-journey to Madagascar crashed onto a reef and started to sink — but then the real trouble hit.

The husband had seconds to decide: Save my dog? Save my wife? And he chose to start with the former, The Huffington Post reported.

An interesting aside is that Graham Anley, the man who chose his 9-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Rosie, over his wife, Sheryl, is a volunteer with South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute with a touted mission of saving lives on the South African seas.

The trio — couple plus dog — were aboard a yacht when it struck a reef. NSRI spokesman Geoff McGregor told South Africa’s News 24 that the wife’s “safety line had snagged on the steering gear,” so she really wasn’t in much danger of drifting. But as The Huffington Post reported, she could have drifted downward, if the ship sunk.

Gawker reported the husband “will likely put him in the Dog House for some time.” The couple is trying to salvage the remains of their yacht, the NSRI reported.