Joe Butcher, right, holds Skipper, after they and his brother Doug Butcher, left, were rescued by the Coast Guard. They were returning to El Lago on their 42-foot sailboat, Red Cloud, with a load of 10,000 pounds of coffee when they were met by angry seas and fierce winds.
Terry Butcher and her husband, Joe Butcher, are safe in their marina home after being rescued by the Coast Guard on New Year's Day. They hope to salvage the vessel and its cargo soon.
Terry Butcher talks about saltwater marks on the saved coffee bags from the sinking saiboat while her husband, Joe, holds Skipper.
Terry and Joe Butcher own the Red Cloud, which was converted to carry cargo in 2006. The Red Cloud, shown Nov. 16, made its maiden trip to San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye in Belize to pick up a load of 10,000 pounds of coffee to sell through the Butchers' El Lago Coffee Co.
Terry Butcher holds samples of roasted and raw coffee beans the company sells in El Lago.
A helicopter crew brought the Butchers, seen here on Nov. 16, and their dog to Ellington Field in Houston, where a family friend was waiting to bring them home.