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Man, dog rescued in Matagorda Bay

March 18, 2014 at 9 a.m.
Updated March 17, 2014 at 10:18 p.m.


A man and his dog were rescued Sunday after intense weather conditions capsized their tow boat in Matagorda Bay.

The man was responding in his tow boat to a call for assistance received from a customer that was disabled on the west side of Matagorda Bay, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Gerard Wynne wrote in a news release.

After his employer, Tow Boat U.S., lost contact with him, it contacted the Coast Guard in Port O'Connor.

The Coast Guard began its search for the man at 12:35 p.m.

"When we spotted the vessel, it was capsized, and the gentleman was on the hull, and he had his dog in his lap," Wynne wrote. "The waves were breaking over the stern."

At the time of rescue, there were 20-knot winds and 4-foot waves.

The Coast Guard threw him a life jacket. The man helped his yellow Labrador to safety before saving himself.

"(The man) was just thankful and grateful that we were out there, and he was safe," Wynne wrote. "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 one was injured.

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