Brothers Dave and Bob LeMaster were fishing at about 2:45 p.m. Monday, March 10, when the norther blew in.
"We started the motor, but we got our line, our anchor line, wrapped around our prop," said Dave McMaster, of Pomme de Terre Lake, Mo.
"Two guys, fishermen, in a boat came along and took us in tow," continued Bob McMaster, who lives in Denver. "They took us about halfway in along the jetties, and then the pilot boat took over and towed us the rest of the way in."
"We just wanted to say how grateful we are," said Dave McMaster.
The pilot boat is operated by the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots. It is used to deliver pilots to, and recover them from, ships entering and leaving the Port of Corpus Christi.
The pilot boat towed the brothers to the boat ramp at Dennis Dreyer Municipal Marina, said Dave, who owns the boat as well as a home in Port Aransas.
"You should have seen him bring us in," said Bob, who is vacationing in Port Aransas. "He just backed around and put us right there on the dock."
"It was no big thing," said Brian Cody, who was at the helm of the pilot boat. "We'd heard on the radio that a couple of guys were in trouble in the channel. We'd just picked up two pilots, so we dropped them off and went back out to see if we could help."
Cody said the anglers who'd taken the disabled boat in tow were happy to relinquish the task.
"We just towed them back in to the public boat ramp," Cody said.
Dave said the two got the anchor line untangled from the prop without any trouble once the boat was back ashore. There was no damage, he said.
The only injury was to Bob, who got a fishhook in his hand during the day's adventure.
"Had to pull it back out," he said, displaying a bandage.