CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard medevaced two crew members from a
commercial fishing vessel 3 miles off South Padre Island, Texas, Tuesday.
Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi command center watchstanders received
a call on VHF-FM channel 16 at 10:34 a.m. from the commercial fishing
vessel Miss Verna stating that two crewmen were unconscious after entering a
confined freezer space. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon,
who recommended a medevac.
Guard Station South Padre Island 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew
launched to assist. Once on scene, the boat crew worked with South Padre
Island Fire Department personnel to remove the crew members from the confined
space and transfer them to the RB–M. Both men were conscious but
exhibiting labored breathing.
then transported the men to Station South Padre Island, where they were
transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel.
to the incredible team effort between the Coast Guard and the South Padre
Island Fire Department, we were able to respond swiftly and decisively,
resulting in the saving of two lives," said Lt. Alexis Williams,
command duty officer at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. "Once the fire
department's qualified specialists removed the two men from the confined space,
we were able to quickly deliver them to higher medical care."