Coast Guard medevacs mariner from 336-foot tanker near Galveston, Texas

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 file photo

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo.

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a mariner off the 336-foot tanker Kassos approximately 40 miles south of Galveston, Texas, Saturday afternoon.

Coast Guard Station Galveston watchstanders received a call from the captain of the Kassos who reported a crewmember had suffered a broken leg. Station Galveston notified Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders, who consulted the duty flight surgeon, and a medevac was recommended.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston hoisted the 38-year-old man and transferred him to medical personnel at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where he was listed in stable condition.

Weather on scene was reported as 17-mph winds with 5-foot seas.

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