Coast Guard medevacs 26-year-old man from fishing boat

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted a 26-year-old man suffering with head pains from a fishing boat, Thursday.

At 3:45 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a distress report from the captain of the fishing boat Cap’n Willy, located 57 miles offshore of Port Aransas, stating that one of their crewmembers was suffering from a severe headache.

The Coast Guard launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and an aircrew aboard an HU-25 Falcon fan-jet from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi as well a boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas to medevac the 26-year-old from the fishing vessel. The helicopter aircrew hoisted the 26-year-old man from the fishing vessel and transported him to an awaiting ambulance at Air Station Corpus Christi. EMS then transported him to Bay Area Hospital.

“We’re glad we were able to help get this young man to medical attention,” said Lt. Mcclain Isom, the responding helicopter pilot. “A bad situation can quickly turn into a terrible one when you’re that far offshore and away from medical treatment. It took a team effort to get him safely off the fishing vessel and we hope he makes a speedy recovery.”

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