Coast Guard medevacs crew member from tanker 190 miles off Galveston

Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams

Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a crew member from a chemical tanker 190 miles off Galveston, Texas, Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received notification at 3:45 a.m. from personnel aboard the 525-foot chemical tanker Ginga Caracal that a crew member had sustained chemical burns and was in need of medical assistance. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac, then directed the tanker crew to head ashore.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew from Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, launched to assist.

Upon rendezvousing with the tanker, the Dolphin crew hoisted the ailing man and transported him to the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital in Galveston in stable condition.

“Carrying out a medevac so far offshore demands careful coordination between multiple air crews and command center personnel,” said Capt. Keith Donohue, search and rescue mission coordinator for the case. “Assisting those in need is the Coast Guard’s priority.”

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