Rigel, a big black Newfoundland dog, belonging to First Officer Murdoch, saved the passengers in Life Boat #4. They were drifting in front of the Carpathia, too weak to call out.

The dog had swam in the icy water for three hours, probably looking for his master. He was swimming in front of the lifeboat and alerted the Carpathia crew by barking. The boat might not have been rescued if not for the sharp barking of Rigel.

Thanks to the barking, Captain Rostron saw the boat on the starboard end of the bridge and ordered the engines stopped.

Care was taken to get Rigel on board, but he appeared little affected by his long trip through the ice-cold water. He stood by the rail and barked until Captain Rolstron called Jonas Briggs, a seaman aboard the Carpathia and had him take the dog below. Briggs kept the dog.