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Coast Guard MH-65 rescue mariner offshore Galveston, Tx

Coast Guard MH-65 medevac mariner offshore Galveston, Texas
Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew rescue a mariner from the water10 nautical miles offshore Galveston, Texas.
Archive image: Petty Officer 2nd Class Dion Purcell (Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer) inspects a MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter at Air Station Houston Sept. 29, 2011.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Prentice Danner.

HOUSTON — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew rescue a mariner from tanker vessel from the water 10 nautical miles offshore Galveston, Texas. Wednesday, September 13, 2023.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received a distress call on VHF-FM channel 16 at 9:23 a.m. from personnel aboard the tanker vessel Ghibli, stating that a crew member had fallen overboard and was not wearing a life jacket.

Coast Guard watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, diverted an already airborne MH-65E Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston and directed the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Galveston.

The MH-65 Dolphin SRR helicopter aircrew located the man, deployed the rescue swimmer to pull him from the water, and transported him to emergency medical services (EMS) personnel awaiting at University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston to receive further care.

The man was reportedly in stable condition.

«Wearing a life jacket is absolutely crucial,» said Travis Addison, Operations Unit Controller at Sector Houston-Galveston. «It was fortunate that our helicopter crew was flying nearby. If not, this case might have ended differently.»

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A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew medevac mariner approximately 10 nautical miles offshore Galveston, Texas, September 13, 2023.
The man was brought to the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, where he was last reported to be in stable condition.
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