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June 18, 2017
U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas

Coast Guard medevacs man off tanker in Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 44-year-old man Sunday morning, from a tank ship 120 miles southeast of Galveston.

At 6:36 a.m., the ship’s agent of the 560-foot tanker, Argent Eyebright, contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders to report that a crewmember was experiencing stroke-like symptoms and was in need of medical assistance.

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin aircrew arrived on scene at 7:50 a.m. and hoisted the man off the tanker ship. Due to the distance from land, the helicopter crew landed on a nearby oil rig to refuel.

At 10:25 a.m., the aircrew delivered the man to University of Texas Medical Medical Branch in Galveston. He was reported to be in stable condition.

Video of the hoist may be available after the crew is able to retrieve it.

-USCG-

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