Coast Guard airlifts tanker crewman with head injury

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) —The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a man Thursday who sustained a head injury 90 miles east of Jacksonville.

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced the 33-year-old man from the vessel Eagle Texas.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center watch standers were notified Wednesday of a crewmember who fell into a cargo hold and sustained a head injury. The vessel was 300 miles east of Jacksonville and changed course to rendezvous with rescue crews.

Watch standers launched an MH-65 crew and conducted the medevac at 1852. The man was transported to UF Health Jacksonville hospital.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Clearwater assisted with communications and support.

Eagle Texas is an 800-foot tanker home-ported in the Marshall Islands.

By Professional Mariner Staff