Coast Guard medevacs fisherman 130 miles off Galveston, Texas

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65D Dolphin file photo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick)

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65D Dolphin file photo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick)

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a fisherman from a fishing vessel approximately 130 miles south of Galveston Tuesday afternoon.

Eighth District watchstanders received an emergency position indicating radio beacon signal and Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders overheard multiple maydays from the 70-foot shrimping vessel Plata Cruz reporting that one of its crewmembers was suffering from severe stomach pains. A second fishing vessel arrived on scene to help relay communications to watchstanders.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched and transported the man to Scholes International Airport where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

The man was transported to University of Texas Medical Branch.

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