Not the least among the heroes of the Titanic was Rigel, a big black Newfoundland water rescue dog, belonging to the first officer, who went down with his ship. But for Rigel, the fourth boat picked up might have been run down by the Carpathia. For three hours he swam in the water where the Titanic went down, evidently looking for his master, and was instrumental in guiding the boatload of survivors to the gangway of the Carpathia
Rigel, a 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. Thanks to the barking, Captain Rostron saw the boat on the starboard end of the bridge and ordered the engines stopped. Jonas Briggs, a seaman aboard the Carpathia kept the dog.