Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-04-2009, 09:12   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 53
Dog Lost Overboard Found Four Months Later

SYDNEY (AFP) - A pet dog that fell overboard in rough seas off Australia has been reunited with its owners after surviving alone on an island for four months, reports said.

Sophie Tucker, apparently named after a late US entertainer, fell overboard as Jan Griffith and her family sailed through choppy waters off the northeast Queensland coast in November.

The dog was believed to have drowned and Griffith said the family was devastated.

But out of sight of the family, Sophie Tucker was swimming doggedly and finally made it to St Bees Island, five nautical miles away, and began the sort of life popularised by the TV reality show "Survivor."

She was returned to her family last week when Griffith contacted rangers who had captured a dog that had been living off feral goats on the largely uninhabited island, in the faint hope it might be their long-lost pet.

When the Griffiths met the rangers' boat bringing the dog to the mainland they found that it was indeed Sophie Tucker on board.

"We called the dog and she started whimpering and banging the cage and they let her out and she just about flattened us," Griffith told the national AAP news agency.

"She wriggled around like a mad thing."

Griffith said that when the dog was first spotted on the island she had been in poor condition.

"And then all of a sudden she started to look good and it was when the rangers had found baby goat carcasses so she'd started eating baby goats," she said.

Sophie Tucker, a member of the Australian cattle dog breed, had been quick to readjust to the comforts of home, complete with airconditioning, Griffiths said.

"She surprised us all. She was a house dog and look what she's done, she's swum over five nautical miles, she's managed to live off the land all on her own," Griffiths said.

"We wish she could talk, we truly do."

Dog overboard found four months later - Yahoo! Canada News
__________________

__________________
Scottie2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2009, 09:27   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
David M's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Francisco Bay
Boat: research vessel
Posts: 10,150
Great story...thanks!
__________________

__________________
David

Life begins where land ends.
David M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2009, 11:57   #3
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Eastern Seaboard
Boat: Searunner 34 and Searunner Constant Camber 44
Posts: 949
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scottie2 View Post
SYDNEY (AFP) - A pet dog that fell overboard in rough seas off Australia has been reunited with its owners after surviving alone on an island for four months, reports said.

"And then all of a sudden she started to look good and it was when the rangers had found baby goat carcasses so she'd started eating baby goats," she said.
Sea turtles, mate.
__________________
Regards,

Maren

The sea is always beautiful, sometimes mysterious and, on occasions, frighteningly powerful.
Maren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2009, 15:16   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 18
What a great story!
Thanks for sharing
__________________
anthon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-04-2009, 15:24   #5
Senior Cruiser
 
Blue Stocking's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: St. Georges, Bda
Boat: Rhodes Reliant 41ft
Posts: 4,115
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but desperation is it's father.

I wish I were half the man my dog thinks I am. Great story ending
__________________
Blue Stocking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2009, 21:13   #6
Registered User

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Laguna Hills, CA
Boat: Ericson 27 Adios
Posts: 1
Amazing story....love it!!
__________________
shesailsdp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2009, 00:07   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New Orleans
Boat: Nomoboat -- yay Gustav ;)
Posts: 248
Send a message via AIM to drew.ward
wasn't there a post on here a while back about a dog trapped on an island?
__________________

__________________

drew.ward is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
overboard

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Throw it Overboard InlandMariner The Sailor's Confessional 110 07-12-2010 17:46
Challenge: What Would You Do? - Two Crew Lost Overboard During Race TaoJones Challenges 44 30-06-2009 09:05
admiral overboard caribnsol Off Topic Forum 11 13-03-2008 22:11
Lost & Found GordMay Health, Safety & Related Gear 0 23-05-2007 04:45
Found, tho' Not Lost GordMay Pacific & South China Sea 1 27-06-2005 21:15



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 23:31.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.