Coast Guard medevacs man 108 miles off Galveston

America's Heartland Coast Guard NewsHOUSTON — The Coast Guard attempted to save an unresponsive man from a fishing boat 108 miles southeast of Galveston, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a report at about 10 p.m. Friday, that a 54-year-old male aboard the fishing boat Ole Betts Sea was semi-catatonic, not responding and in need of immediate assistance.

The Coast Guard responded by launching and diverting crews aboard multiple assets including an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Houston, an HU-25 Guardian jet from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi and the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive, homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.

The Decisive was on a law enforcement patrol in the vicinity of the Ole Betts Sea. A health services technician from the Decisive was transferred aboard the Ole Betts Sea at 12:05 a.m. to check the man’s medical condition.

The helicopter rescue crew arrived on scene and hoisted the man into the helicopter. During the flight back the man had an erratic pulse and was not breathing. The aviation survival technician aboard the aircraft began cardio pulmonary resuscitation.

The man was transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch where he was announced deceased on arrival at approximately 2 a.m.

“Our heartfelt condolences are with the man’s family and friends during this difficult time,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Smith, a watchstander at Sector Houston-Galveston.

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