Coast Guard medevacs man 13 miles off Galveston coast

Coast Guard Cutter Manowar

USCG File Photo

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a bulk carrier 13 miles off the Galveston coast, Tuesday.

Boarding team members from Coast Guard Station Galveston were performing a routine boarding on the M. Emir Aksoy, a 187-foot bulk carrier, when they noticed a 29-year old male exhibiting signs of a heart attack, at approximately 12:46 p.m.

The boarding team immediately contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston and requested a helicopter medevac.

At approximately 1:04 p.m. the duty flight surgeon contacted the boarding team members and conducted an in-depth assessment of the crewman, and concluded that he was suffering from the symptoms of a seizure.

The Coast Guard Cutter Manowar, homeported in Galveston, was diverted to assist with the medevac. The crew of the Manowar launched a small boat crew to recover the man.

The crew successfully transferred the man off the M. Emir Aksoy at approximately 2:29 p.m. and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services at the Galveston Yacht Basin.

The man’s condition is unknown.

“A man’s life was saved today thanks to the swift actions of both crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Manowar and Coast Guard Station Galveston personnel. Both crews worked together to facilitate this medevac 13 miles off shore,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Robert Milmoe, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Galveston.

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