Deck hand injured by anchor chain on Texas ferry

(HOUSTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 56-year-old man from a ferry near Galveston, Texas, on Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watch standers received notification at 2:42 p.m. relayed by Vessel Traffic Services Houston/Galveston personnel that a crewmember aboard the John W. Johnson ferry had been struck in the face by the vessel’s anchor chain after the ferry lost propulsion at the entrance to the Galveston Channel.

The ferry John W. Johnson. The Shearer Group photo

A Coast Guard Station Galveston 45-foot response boat-medium crew launched to provide assistance.

Once on scene with the ferry, the RB-M crew took aboard the injured deck hand and brought him to emergency medical services personnel staged at Station Galveston.

EMS personnel transported the man to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in stable condition.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Rich Miller