Coast Guard medevacs crew member from tanker vessel off Galveston

Air Station Houston crew MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer A. Nease

Air Station Houston crew MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer A. Nease

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a crew member Monday from a tanker vessel off Galveston, Texas.

Coast Guard District Eight command center watchstanders received a medevac request at 1:01 p.m. Sunday from the a 600-foot tanker vessel Athina M, stating a 26-year-old crew member had sustained a serious finger injury. Due to the vessel’s position 200 miles offshore and the patient’s stable condition, the duty flight surgeon recommended medevacing the crew member in the morning once the vessel was closer to shore.

At 8:18 a.m. Monday, an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to conduct the medevac.

The Dolphin crew rendezvoused with the Athina M in the Galveston Fairway anchorage, hoisted the injured crew member and transferred him to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in stable condition.

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