Coast Guard medevacs man from ship off Brownsville, Texas

Photo of the MH-65 air crew that performed the medevac. Coast Guard Photo by Sector Corpus Christi

Photo of the MH-65 aircrew that performed the medevac. Coast Guard Photo by Sector Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 34-year-old man off a 600-foot bulk carrier 10 miles offshore in the Brownsville Anchorage, off South Padre Island, Monday morning.

At approximately 9 p.m. Sunday, the vessel shipping agent contacted Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders and reported a crewmember on the bulk carrier Global Andes was experiencing symptoms from a pre-existing heart condition.

The ship’s captain requested a Coast Guard medevac upon arrival to the Brownsville Anchorage the next morning because the ship was still 130 miles at sea.

Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew to perform the medevac.

The aircrew was on scene at 7:04 a.m. and took the man to Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville. He is reported to be in stable condition.

“Our crews stand ready to assist mariners in distress 24/7, 365 days a year,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, the Sector Corpus Christi commander. “Our command center team and MH-65 helicopter aircrew did a fantastic job coordinating, planning and executing this medevac.”

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