USCG rescues possible stroke patient from tanker 18 miles off coast of Galveston

June 15, 2013 2:04:39 PM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 57-year-old Ukrainian man Saturday morning after he experienced stroke-like symptoms aboard a tanker about 18 miles off the coast of Galveston.

A contract medical service called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders just before 10am to ask for help aboard the 800-foot tanker, Overseas Beryl.

The watchstanders launched a crew from Air Station Houston to recover the man. They transported him to UTMB in Galveston.

"Identifying a medical emergency in a timely manner increases our chances to assist mariners before the situation deteriorates to tragedy," said Lt. Matthew J. Walter, a command duty officer at Sector Houston-Galveston. "The sooner you can notify the Coast Guard that such emergencies exist, the quicker we can respond. When out on the water, always have a way to communicate back to us ashore."

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