Coast Guard Air Station Houston medevacs man off Galveston coast

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel off the Galveston coast, Saturday.

hovering in a MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station HoustonWatchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a report via VHF radio at approximately 3:35 p.m. that a 49-year old male was suffering from what appeared to be nitrogen narcosis aboard the Split Decision, a 32-foot fishing vessel.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston diverted an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter  and crew to the scene. They arrived on scene at approximately 4:37 p.m. The Dolphin crew successfully hoisted the man off the Split Decision and transported him to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The man’s condition is unknown.

“The VHF-FM radio is a great source of communication for all mariners,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Medina, an operations specialist with Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. “The crew of the Split Decision was able to contact us quickly, which in turn resulted in a successful medevac.”

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