Coast Guard medevacs oyster fisherman in San Antonio Bay

8th Coast Guard District NewsPORT O’CONNOR, Texas — The Coast Guard responded to a medical emergency aboard a grounded oyster boat, Thursday.

The Coast Guard was notified by the Refugio County Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning that a man was suffering chest pains aboard an oyster boat in San Antonio Bay. The 53-year old man was aboard the vessel with his wife.

Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor launched a 24-foot Special Craft boat and crew and 25-foot Response Boat-Small and crew. Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi diverted an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew to the scene.

The boatcrews from Station Port O’Connor arrived on scene just before 10:30 a.m. and transferred the man and his wife to the 25-foot boat. The Coast Guard then transported the man and woman to awaiting Calhoun County EMS at Charlie’s Bait Camp.

“This was my first medical evacuation case, and it was exciting to be able to provide this man the necessary assistance,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jack Kornberg, who recently arrived at the unit. “I am glad we were there to help him, or anyone else in distress.”

The man was taken by EMS to Citizens Memorial Hospital.

The oyster fishing fleet is a vital part of the local community and economy. The Coast Guard remains poised to provide assistance and service to all mariners in distress.

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