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Coast Guard medevac man from fishing vessel 9 nm off San José Island

Coast Guard medevac man from fishing vessel 9 nm off San José Island
A Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew prepare to hoist an injured crew member 9 miles off San José Island, Texas, Oct. 9, 2021.
Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi command center watchstanders received a medevac request via VHF-FM channel 16 at 11:41 a.m. from the fishing vessel Thai Express stating a crew member had fallen and sustained a head injury and a broken arm.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi photo.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas —​ The Coast Guard medevac a crew member Saturday from a fishing vessel, Thai Express, 9 nautical miles off​ San José Island, Texas.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi command center watchstanders received a medevac request via VHF-FM channel 16 at 11:41 a.m. from the fishing vessel Thai Express stating a crew member had fallen and sustained a head injury and a broken arm. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who​ recommended a​ medical evacuation.

A Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot Response Boat-Medium​ (RB-M) crew and a Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew diverted to the vessel’s location while an MH-65D Dolphin helicopter aircrew launched to assist.

The RB-M crew arrived on scene and took aboard the crew member. The MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew rendezvoused with the Response Boat-Medium crew, hoisted the injured man and transported him to Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline in stable condition.

A U.S. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew medevac an injured crewmember 9 nautical miles off San José Island, Texas, Oct. 9, 2021.
Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi command center watchstanders received a medevac request via VHF-FM channel 16 at 11:41 a.m. from the fishing vessel Thai Express stating a crewmember had fallen and sustained a head injury and a broken arm.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi video.

«Multiple Coast Guard assets worked together to ensure this injured mariner was taken to the nearest​ higher-level care,» said Lt. j.g. Lester Fink, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter co-pilot during the medevac. «It’s truly​ inspirational knowing our crews can swiftly respond and cooperatively execute a medical evacuation such as this.»

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