Fisherman Rescued 130 Miles off Galveston

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard conducted a long range medevac of an injured fisherman approximately 130 miles east-southeast of Galveston, Texas, Wednesday night.

At about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call from the research ship Fairfield Encounter relaying a mayday from the fishing boat Rio Panama. A crewman on the Rio Panama had been struck in the head with a block and was in a lot of pain and having trouble breathing.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter to medevac the man. Due to the extreme distance involved, Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi launched an HU-25 Falcon jet to assist. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted the injured fisherman. Heavy rain, rough seas and high winds made the hoist challenging. The injured fisherman was then transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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