CORPUS CHRISTI — A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew realized a medevac from a mariner (the captain) of a tanker vessel nine nautical miles offshore Corpus Christi, Texas, Monday afternoon.
The Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstandersreceived a emergency call from a crewmember aboard the tanker vessel Hoegh Galleon stating that the captain of the vessel had collapsed and was unresponsive. The Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who inmediated recommended the medevac mission (medical evacuación).
An MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery (SRR) helicopter aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi immediately was launched to the scene in response to the emergency.
“We are grateful for the quick and expert assistance from the vessel’s crew members, which allowed for an efficient and safe transfer,” said Lt. Jacob Conrad, Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi aircraft commander.
Once on the rescue zone, over the tanker vessel, the MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew safely hoisted and transported the mariner to awaiting emergency medical services personnel (EMS) at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline. The tanker vessel Hoegh Galleon captain was transferred during the flight in stable condition.