Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship passenger 55 miles offshore Galveston, Texas

MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Houston

Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter File Photo

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a passenger from the cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas approximately 55 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, Tuesday morning.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a request from the master of the Enchantment of the Seas for the medevac of an 81-year-old male passenger who became unconscious after a fall. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew were launched to the cruise ship. The Air Station Houston helicopter crew hoisted the patient and transferred him to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he was reported in stable condition.

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