Sunday, March 31, 2013
Man Falls 20 Feet Aboard Cyprus Flagged Tanker Off Texas
The captain of the 800-foot Cyprus flagged tanker, Nordmark, radioed watchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston for assistance, reporting that a crewmember had sustained an injury to his back after falling in the engineering space.
An aircrew was launched aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Houston to assist.
The aircrew hoisted the man from the tanker and transported him to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont for medical care.
The man was transported in stable condition.
"It's a good thing the Coast Guard is able to respond to these kind of emergency situations," said Bill Segelken, a watchstander at the sector. "The Coast Guard recognizes that accidents happen and it is important for us to be there, because we are the only ones with the capabilities to conduct medical evacuations from boats.
"Fall related injuries are relatively unique. We probably do accident related medevacs once a month or so."
Segelken noted the more common accidents are from fishing vessels from men working in fishing gear, anchor chains and lines.