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Coast Guard rescue bulk carrier crew member off Corpus Christi

Coast Guard rescue bulk carrier crew member off Corpus Christi
A Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevacs a 47-year-old man from the bulk carrier vessel Yasa Unity off Corpus Christi, Texas, Aug. 9, 2022.
The man, who was reportly experiencing signs of a stroke, was transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline in Corpus Christi.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi photo.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas —​ The Coast Guard rescue (medevac) a 47-year-old man from a bulk carrier vessel Tuesday off Corpus Christi, Texas.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi command center watchstanders received a notification at 4:39 p.m. via VHF-FM channel 16 from the master of the Yasa Unity, a 738-foot​ bulk carrier​ anchored in the Corpus Christi Anchorage, stating a crew member was experiencing signs of a stroke. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.

A U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew launched to conduct the medevac​ with emergency medical services personnel aboard.

Once the RB–M crew arrived on scene, they found the ailing man was unable to safely descend the bulk carrier’s ladder to the Coast Guard boat.

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew launched to conduct a hoist while three RB–M crew members boarded the carrier vessel to assist with the hoist.

The MH-65 Dolphin SRR helicopter crew arrived on scene, deployed the rescue swimmer, hoisted the ailing crew member and headed to land to safely transported him to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline in Corpus Christi.

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