not very often that you hear a tale about a captain that dives overboard to
rescue one of his wayward “passengers” from the sea, but the BBC is reporting
just such a tale today. What’s more, the passengers were the four-legged kind
but both owner and captain feared the creature might not be able to swim
leaving little choice but to stage the unusual rescue.
Sexton took command of the small cargo ship the Gry Maritha in
April after the vessel’s senior captain retired in the spring after 22 years
with the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.
week during one of her regular runs she boarded two unusual passengers,
meerkats that were being transported by their owner on their way to a zoo in
Axminster, Devon, England. Named Doris and Boris, the animals which weigh less
than two pounds were caged for the trip from the Isles of Scilly.
Somehow when they were arriving
in Penzance, the animals got free and were running around the deck of the
little cargo ship.
crew was able to catch Doris, but much to the dismay of their owner, Boris
decided to make a break for it and went over the side of the ship down 10 feet
into the harbor. Owner Stephen Griffin told the BBC that he did not think the
meerkat could swim, but Captain Sexton said he saw the animal swimming about
but realized it had no way to get back aboard the ship.
quickly changed into a pair of boardshorts and put on a pair of gloves to
prevent the animal from biting and he dove in after his wayward passenger. At
the same time, the crew tied a cage to a rope and lowered it over the side.
Recounting his tale to the BBC, Sexton said it was "easier" than he
thought it would be, saying that the animal "was quite glad" to be
caught and back on dry ground.
captain laughs it off going back to his job of moving vital supplies to the