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.