Coast Guard crew rescues man, dog from capsized boat on Matagorda Bay

Coast Guard crew rescues man, dog from capsized boat on Matagorda Bay

Credit: U.S. COAST GUARD

A Coast Guard boat crew rescued a man and his dog after their boat capsized in Matagorda Bay Sunday.

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by KHOU.com staff

U.S. COAST GUARD

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 7:42 AM

PORT O’CONNOR, Texas — A Coast Guard boat crew rescued a man and his dog after their boat capsized in Matagorda Bay Sunday.

"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."

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

The crew threw the man a lifejacket and then moved in closer for the rescue.

The boater 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."

There were no injuries.  

Click below for video of the rescue:

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