Medevac follows OSV rescue of five boaters off Texas

(HOUSTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced two men Saturday from a offshore supply vessel (OSV) after its crew rescued five boaters adrift 100 miles off Galveston, Texas.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers received a call at 6:30 a.m. from the captain of an OSV stating they had taken aboard five people found adrift on a raft. The five boaters’ vessel had reportedly capsized.

One of the boaters from the adrift raft had suffered a jaw injury, while another man from the raft had suffered an injury to his ribs. Watch standers consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.

Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video

Watch standers issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of an HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi for offshore coverage and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to conduct the medevac.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the two injured men and transported them to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

They were last reported to be in stable condition.

Click here to view a video of the medevac.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Professional Mariner Staff