Coast Guard medevacs 2 from cruise ships off Galveston, Texas

Coast Guard Cutter Manowar file photo by PA3 Andrew Kendrick

Coast Guard Cutter Manowar file photo by PA3 Andrew Kendrick

HOUSTON — Coast Guard crews medevaced two people off of two different cruise ships just a few hours apart Sunday, but in almost the exact same location about 15 miles east of Galveston.

The cruise ship Liberty of the Seas contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 5:38 p.m. and reported that a 71-year-old woman was suffering from a possibly detached retina. The Coast Guard Cutter Manowar, an 87-foot patrol boat, medevaced the woman and brought her to Coast Guard Station Galveston, where EMS was waiting. They arrived at the station at 7 p.m.

At 8:15 p.m., the cruise ship Carnival Breeze notified Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders that a passenger aboard was suffering from a blocked esophagus and needed assistance. Station Galveston 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews medevaced the 41-year-old man from less than a mile away from the other medevac. They met EMS at the station at 10:28 p.m.

Both individuals were delivered in stable condition.

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