HOUSTON — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew from Air Station Houston medevac a 50-year-old mariner from a tanker vessel, Willard J, approximately 7 nautic miles offshore Galveston, Texas, Sunday.
The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a medical evacuation (medevac) request at 11:50 a.m. from the captain of the tanker vessel Willard J for a crewmember who was displaying symptoms of a heart attack. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who inmediately recommended the medevac.
A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery (SRR) helicopter aicrew hoisted the mariner and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) personnel at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, in stable condition.
The Coast Guard Air Station Houston was the first to receive the MH-65E Dolphin rescue helicopter upgrade. July 29 of this year 2020 marked the first mission with the new Echo standard while attending a 77-foot fishing vessel that was taking water in Bayou, Louisiana.