Coast Guard medevacs man 150 miles off Galveston

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard medevaced a 32-year-old man from a seismic research ship approximately 150 miles south east of Galveston, Texas, today.

A watchstander at Coast Guard District 8 received a call at about 11 a.m. from the captain of the research ship Viking Vision reporting that a crewmember was in a lot of pain and needed medical assistance.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the injured man. Due to the distance involved, Air Station Corpus Christi launched an HU-25 Falcon jet crew to assist as well.

The helicopter crew was able to land on the Viking Vision to pick up the injured man. Due to the distance involved, the helicopter needed to refuel on an oil rig in the area.

The helicopter crew transported the injured man to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he was reported to be in stable condition.

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