An injured sailboat captain and passengers got a ride back to shore aboard a Galveston-based cruise ship Thursday morning.

The Carnival Breeze diverted from its course to assist a sailboat in distress about 70 miles offshore of Galveston, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The sailboat’s captain called for help after injuring his back, leaving him unable to sail back to land, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard sent a helicopter to find the sailboat, but it was the 1,004-foot Breeze that actually retrieved the captain, two other people and two dogs from the sailboat.

The cruise ship’s crew used a lifeboat to ferry the passengers from the sailboat to the cruise ship.

The cruise ship’s doctor helped treat the man, and the ship returned to Galveston on Thursday morning.

The sailboat still was at sea Thursday, according to the Coast Guard.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter



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