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Dog rescued from empty yacht, adrift at sea

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A retriever mix named Juanita was rescued from an otherwise empty yacht off the coast of New Zealand yesterday.

Juanita reportedly poked her head out of a hatch when a rescue vessel pulled alongside the drifting yacht Tafadzwa, which had been at sea for 17 days.

The 2-year-old dog belonged to the yacht’s missing owner, Paul Janse van Rensburg, according to the New Zealand Herald.

“When we pulled up alongside, she poked her head out for a bit, but went down below again,” said fisherman and diver Floyd Prendeville, of the fishing boat Legionaire, which towed the Tafadzwa to the Chathams.

Prendeville said the dog was shaking and silent as he approached. “She was very wary of me, and then I just pulled her in and gave her a couple of comforting pats, and she was shaking, and then she came right.”

Juanita somehow managed to fend for herself after Janse van Rensburg, 40, was lost overboard within days of setting sail from Tauranga for Gisborne on March 12. The boat drifted from the East Cape to the Chathams.

Juanita was carried to dry land, and after trotting around the wharf for a while, was led to a vehicle and taken to the local constable’s house.

(Photo: New Zealand Herald / Mark Mitchell)

Comments

Comment from David
Time April 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm

What a sad, resigned look on Juanita’s face. What a tragic event. I am deeply touched by this whole drama. Give the dog to Paul’s girlfriend.

Comment from Ruby’s Mum (Jyoti)
Time April 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Thanks for posting this. Paul was the brother of a friend of mine. Juanita has gone to live with his girlfriend, and will be greatly loved by all the friends he left behind.

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