Coast Guard medevacs man from oil tanker headed for Houston

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A Coast Guard copter rescued a man Sunday morning from a tanker at sea off Galveston.

Just after 6:30 a.m., Argent Eyebright, a Panamanian oil and chemical tanker headed for Houston, called for help from about 120 miles off the Galveston coast.

A 44-year-old crewmember was experiencing stroke-like symptoms and needed medical assistance, the ship reported. 

The Coast Guard dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Houston to hoist the man off the ship. Given the distance to land, the copter crew had to stop and refuel on a nearby oil rig. 

The ailing man was flown to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he was last reported to be in stable condition, according to a Coast Guard press release.


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