A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at 10:43 a.m. from the captain of a Derrick-Crane Barge, the IOS 800. The captain reported that a break wall onboard the barge had fallen on four crewmembers and they were in need of immediate medical attention.
The Coast Guard launched a rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Houston to assist. The rescue helicopter crew arrived on scene, safely hoisted and transported the four men to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
The men were reported to be in serious condition at the time.