Coast Guard rescues man, dog from capsized boat off Texas coast

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PORT O’CONNOR, Texas — A Coast Guard boatcrew rescued a man and his dog after intense weather conditions capsized their towboat off the coast of Texas on Sunday.

The towboat was responding to a call for assistance received from a customer that was disabled on the west-side of Matagorda Bay, according to the Coast Guard.

After losing contact with their towboat operator, a Tow Boat U.S. employee contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi to report the possible distress of their operator.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor launched around 12:30 p.m. to assist.

“When we spotted the vessel it was capsized and the gentleman was on the hull and he had his dog in his lap,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Gerard Wynne, coxswain of the response boat. “The waves were breaking over the stern.”

Before attempting to remove the man from his capsized boat, the boatcrew threw him a lifejacket to mitigate any further risk. When the response boat got close enough the man helped his yellow Labrador to safety before jumping over himself.

"[The man] was just thankful and grateful that we were out there and he was safe,” said Wynne. “He said if it was any colder he might not have made it. It might have ended up being a medical issue for him.”

No injuries were reported.