Coast Guard medevacs crew member from tugboat

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 50-year-old man from a tugboat near Chocolate Bayou, Texas, Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received a report at 10:58 a.m. from the captain of the tug boat LCPL Phillip C. George stating a crew member aboard was unconscious and experiencing symptoms of diabetic shock. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot Response Boat–Small boat crew launched to assist.

The boat crew arrived on scene, administered first aid and assisted in bringing the unconscious crew member to the top deck to set up for a hoist. The Dolphin crew rendezvoused with the tugboat, hoisted the passenger and transferred him to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in stable condition.

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