Coast Guard retrieves man, dog from Galveston Bay

A Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot Response Boat–Small boat crew rescues a boater and his dog near Texas City on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. A family member notified a Station Galveston boat crew of the overdue boater around 3 a.m. Monday. The duo was found in their boat in the bay around 8 a.m.


A man and his dog were rescued from Galveston Bay on Monday morning after he rowed out into dark waters and was unable to navigate back to shore.

A person called the Coast Guard about 3 a.m. to report the man and his dog had gone fishing and had not returned.

The 34-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, had launched a 12-foot johnboat from the Texas City Dike about midnight. The boat had no motor or lights, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard launched a boat crew and a helicopter to search for the duo. The boat crew found the man and dog in their boat about 8:30 a.m. and took them back to the Texas City Dike boat ramp. Neither man nor dog was injured, according to the Coast Guard.

“This search-and-rescue case exemplifies the importance of having the proper safety equipment on board your vessel, especially proper navigation lights and effective communication equipment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ian Murray, the search-and-rescue mission coordinator at Sector Houston-Galveston.

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


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(3) comments

Karen Sawyer

Glad they were both found okay. That's got to be pretty miserable for a dog.

Gary Miller

Dumb a-s costs taxpayers thousands because he didn't plan what he did. He should get a bill for the full cost.

Roy Hughes

Written by Lynne Springer

SAR is a public service available to all. While you may think this man did not make plans and made a foolish decision to go without lights and a motor he is not judged on his mistake. If you were to were to get on a fishing boat and go out fishing and ran out of fuel and needed assistance getting back to shore chances are SAR would come to your need, as well. After we read about your circumstance some might say you should have double checked your fuel tank before you left. Again, the Coast Guard would not be there to judge you. All search and rescue missions are available as a public service to people in the United States. These costs are absorbed by the taxpayers. Thank you Mr. Gary Miller for paying your taxes.

The only key here would be for you to have something that a passing ship can see so they can radio the Coast Guard. Perhaps, you need some bright yellow t-shirts with reflective material on it. Even replective tape on your PF Flyers would help.

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