Coast Guard rescues 2 after helicopter crash

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued two men after their helicopter crashed 130 miles south southeast of Galveston, Texas, today.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call from a captain on an oil rig who reported seeing a helicopter crash in the High Island area 130 miles south southeast of Galveston at 3:30 p.m. .

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched an HH-65C Dolphin Helicopter crew to assist. The helicopter crew arrived on scene and searched for approximately 30 minutes before finding wreckage and two people in the water. The two men were hoisted into the helicopter which started back towards Galveston. Due to the extreme distance involved, the helicopter had to refuel on an oil rig on the way back.

The helicopter crew brought the two men to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Both men are stable.

The helicopter is from Rotorcraft, a company located in Broussard, La.

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