Tanker crewman airlifted after breaking leg

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

(HOUSTON) — The Coast Guard medevaced a mariner off the 336-foot tanker Kassos approximately 40 miles south of Galveston, Texas on Saturday afternoon. 

Coast Guard Station Galveston watch standers received a call from the captain of  Kassos who reported a crewmember had suffered a broken leg. Station Galveston notified Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers, who consulted the duty flight surgeon, and a medevac was recommended.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter air crew from Air Station Houston hoisted the 38-year-old man and transferred him to medical personnel at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas where he was listed in stable condition.

Weather on scene was reported as 17-mph winds with 5-foot seas.

By Professional Mariner Staff