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Coast Guard medavaces takerman near Sabine Pass

A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 40-year-old man from a tanker about 30 miles off Sabine Pass Saturday, according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., the shipping agent of the 750-foot tanker Genmar Elektra called Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders to report that a crewmember had been experiencing fever and vomiting since 3 a.m.

Watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, which arrived on scene around 11:45 a.m. and hoisted the crewman aboard. He was transported to Jack Brooks Regional Airport in Beaumont and transferred to local EMS.

“Communication was key. Everything went off very smoothly from sector coordinating with the vessel and with EMS when we arrived on scene,” said Lt. Conor Madison, the helicopter pilot during the medevac.