Coast Guard medevacs mariner 8 miles offshore Galveston, Texas

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65D Dolphin file photo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick)

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65D Dolphin file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 49-year-old man approximately eight miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, Saturday morning.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a request from the crew of the motor vessel Stena Polaris stating the captain of the vessel was exhibiting signs of a heart attack and in need of medical assistance. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to the scene.

The Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted and transferred the captain to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Weather on scene was reported as 2-foot seas with 12 mph winds.

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