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.