U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a medical evacuation (medevac) request at 10:40 p.m. stating a 36-year-old crew member aboard the oil rig High Island 442 was experiencing coughing, shortness of breath and tightness in his chest. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who immediately recommended a medevac.
A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston was launched to the oil rig High Island 442 position, 80 nautical miles offshore of Galveston, to conduct the medical evacuation.
The U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew arrived on scene, landed on the rig flight deck, onloaded the ailing man and transferred him to the emergency medical services (EMS) personnel awaiting at University of Texas Medical Branch Health John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.
The man was medevaced in stable condition.
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