HOUSTON — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew medevac an 86-year-old man from a cruise ship 50 nautical miles offshore Galveston, Texas. Saturday, May 6, 2023.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a medevac request at 7:22 p.m. Saturday from a crew member aboard the cruise ship Carnival Dream stating an 86-year-old male passenger was reportedly experiencing gastrointestinal issues and other side effects from ingesting a battery.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medical evacuation.
A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin SRR helicopter aircrew launched to conduct the medevac.
The MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew arrived on scene and deployed the rescue swimmer who hoisted the passenger. Once onboard the aircrew headed to land to transport him to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where was transfered to emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in stable condition.
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