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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