Man, dog rescued from Gulf during NOLA to Tampa sail

Man, dog rescued from Gulf during NOLA to Tampa sail

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man and his dog were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard Friday after abandoning a 30-foot sailboat that caught fire near the coast of Hudson, Florida.

The duo was sailing from New Orleans to Tampa when the sailboat caught fire, according to Coast Guard officials.

The Coast Guard received a call Friday afternoon from the captain of the sailboat Southern Bell. The captain told the Coast Guard that his boat was disabled and he had been drifting with his dog since Wednesday. The man stated they had food and water.

A short time later, the Coast Guard said they received word that the boat had caught fire. The captain and his dog had abandoned ship and boarded the sailboat's dinghy.

"He contacted us via radio as soon as his situation deteriorated, was wearing a life jacket when he was rescued, and we were able to recover him safely." said Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma, public affairs officer for the Coast Guard's Seventh District.

A helicopter crew arrived at the scene and hoisted to man and his dog to safety.

Both the man and the dog were treated for smoke inhalation, according to CNN, but both are reportedly in good health.

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