Coast Guard medevacs man 18 miles off Galveston coast

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HOUSTON — A 57-year-old Ukrainian man was medevaced Saturday morning after he was found to be experiencing stroke-like symptoms aboard a tanker approximately 18 miles off Galveston.

A contract medical service called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 9:50 a.m. to report the man’s condition and ask for assistance aboard the 800-foot tanker, Overseas Beryl.

The watchstanders launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to recover the man.

The aircrew transported him to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for immediate medical care.

“Identifying a medical emergency in a timely manner increases our chances to assist mariners before the situation deteriorates to tragedy,” said Lt. Matthew J. Walter, a command duty officer at Sector Houston-Galveston. “The sooner you can notify the Coast Guard that such emergencies exist, the quicker we can respond. When out on the water, always have a way to communicate back to us ashore.”

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