Coast Guard medevacs man off tanker in Gulf of Mexico

MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Houston

Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter File Photo

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 44-year-old man Sunday morning, from a tank ship 120 miles southeast of Galveston.

At 6:36 a.m., the ship’s agent of the 560-foot tanker, Argent Eyebright, contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders to report that a crewmember was experiencing stroke-like symptoms and was in need of medical assistance.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at 7:50 a.m. and hoisted the man off the tanker ship. Due to the distance from land, the helicopter crew landed on a nearby oil rig to refuel.

At 10:25 a.m., the aircrew delivered the man to University of Texas Medical Medical Branch in Galveston. He was reported to be in stable condition.

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