Tanker engineer's leg broken by anchor chain

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

(HOUSTON) — A Coast Guard air crew medevaced a 35-year-old man from a tanker in the lightering zone between Freeport and Galveston, Texas, on Thursday morning.

At approximately 6:35 a.m., the agent of the 1,092-foot tanker Ingrid called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers and reported that the chief engineer broke his leg after getting hit with the anchor chain. The ship's master called shortly after and confirmed the engineer needed medical attention.

At 8:10 a.m., watch standers launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter air crew to medevac the man. They were on scene and had hoisted him by 9 a.m. 

He was taken to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and transferred in stable condition.

By Professional Mariner Staff