OSV crewmember medevaced near Port Aransas

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

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — The Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from the offshore supply vessel Ram XVII approximately 20 miles offshore Port Aransas, Texas, on Friday morning.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watch standers received a request for medevac from the captain of Ram XVII for a 20-year-old male who injured his leg while conducting operations.

A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Station Port Aransas 45-foot response boat-medium crew were launched for the medevac.

Once on scene, the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted and transferred the crewmember to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi.

"Our training and cohesive teamwork allowed for this medevac to be carried out successfully, despite the deteriorating weather," said Lt. Chris Zink, Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi aircraft commander. "Great work to all members involved, and we are glad we could get this young man the medical attention he needed."

Weather on scene was reported as 7-mph winds with low visibility and rain.

By Professional Mariner Staff