Tanker crew assists boater suffering heat stroke symptoms

(HOUSTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 43-year-old woman from an oil tanker 55 miles south of Lake Charles, La., on Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers received a call from a man aboard a 22-foot pleasure craft on VHF-FM Channel 16 at 3:03 p.m. that his wife was displaying symptoms of a heat stroke.

Watch standers issued a urgent marine information broadcast. Crew on a nearby vessel, Stolt Perseverance, overheard the broadcast and the ship moored alongside the pleasure craft. Crew transported the woman onto their ship, where she received medical attention from a physician aboard.

Stolt Perseverance. VesselTracker.com photo

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to conduct the medevac.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the passenger and transported her to the Chennault Airport, where local emergency medical services personnel picked her up and took her to a local hospital.

She was reported to be in stable condition.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Rich Miller