Coast Guard medevacs woman 15 miles off Galveston

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HOUSTON — A 54-year-old woman was medevaced Saturday morning after sustaining back injuries from a fall, aboard a 29-foot pleasure craft approximately 15 miles off Galveston.

The captain of the boat called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 8:13 a.m. to report the woman’s condition and ask for assistance.

The watchstanders launched a boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Station Galveston.

The boatcrew transferred her, in stable condition, back to Coast Guard Station Galveston where Emergency Medical Services met her.

“It’s important to have a means to contact the Coast Guard on your vessel,” said Zack Edwards, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. “In this case, the captain was able to contact us and ask for assitance from a VHF radio on board. That can make the difference in saving a life and in this case was the key to a successful rescue.”

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to do the following before heading out on the water:

For more boating information, go to USCGboating.org.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Galveston transport a medevaced victim to Emergency Medical Services, July 6, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Fireman Brandon Kreder

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Galveston transport a medevaced victim to Emergency Medical Services, July 6, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Fireman Brandon Kreder

 

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