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Coast Guard medevac man from oil rig 80 nm offshore Galveston, Texas

Coast Guard medevac man from oil rig 80 nm offshore Galveston, Texas
Archive image: HOUSTON – A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston Airbus MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew flies past the Fred Hartman bridge while on patrol along the Houston Ship Channel.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston is responsibile for an area that stretches from Lake Charles, La., to Freeport, Texas, conducting missions, training and patrols within that area.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mario Romero.

HOUSTON — A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew medevac a man from an oil rig 80 nautical miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, Tuesday.

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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