Coast Guard medevacs man suffering from seizures, 100 miles off Galveston

Houston 65 PatrolHOUSTON — A 38-year-old man was medevaced by a Coast Guard helicopter Sunday, after reports of seizures on a fishing vessel about 100 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.

The crew of the fishing vessel Black Jack IV contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders on VHF marine band radio channel 16 at about 6:30 p.m., to report that the man was having seizure like symptoms and needed assistance.

The watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the man and a Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to provide communications and safety support so far offshore.

The helicopter crew hoisted the man, had to stop and refuel on a rig in the gulf and then delivered him to Galveston’s Scholes International Airport, where EMS was standing by to take him to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

He was reported to be in stable condition.

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