Coast Guard aircrew medevacs 59-year-old stroke victim off Galveston

U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Lehmann

Date: 09.05.2013
Posted: 09.05.2013 16:15
News ID: 113137
Coast Guard medevacs stroke victim off Galveston

HOUSTON – A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 59-year-old man from a tanker 12 miles off Galveston, Thursday.<br /> <br /> The agent for the 577-foot tanker contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at 11:15 a.m., reporting that a crewmember was suffering stroke-like symptoms.<br /> <br /> An Air Station Houston aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter medevaced the man to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. <br /> <br /> "Everything went super smooth," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Wilson. "Everything we do is standardized, so when it's time to go, we go."<br /> <br /> "The crew of the tanker was phenomenal," said Lt. Jeremy Loeb, the helicopter pilot. "They set their course properly and made it incredibly easy for us to conduct the rescue."