Coast Guard medevacs man vomiting blood on shrimp boat in Gulf of Mexico

Shrimp boat medevacHOUSTON — A Coast Guard Air Station Houston aircrew medevaced a man after it was reported that he was vomiting blood on a shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, about 140 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, Thursday morning.

The crew of the 88-foot shrimp boat Gaston Bell called the Coast Guard for help at 8:33 a.m., when a man aboard was suffering from dizziness, stomach pains and was vomiting blood. A Coast Guard flight surgeon determined he needed immediate medical attention.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston launched the helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi based HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to assist with safety and communications. Due to the distance from shore, the helicopter crew landed on a rig in the gulf to refuel before returning to shore.

The man was hoisted and taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for treatment.

The crew of the shrimp boat proceeded to Cameron, Louisiana.

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