Coast Guard medically evacuates crewmember struck by crane on tank ship

A man was medically evacuated from a 435-foot tank ship by a Coast Guard helicopter crew Saturday evening, approximately 50 miles southeast of the Texas-Mexico border.

The Stolt Flamenco crew contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at about 2:30 p.m. and requested a medevac for a Filipino crewmember who was struck by a crane while working on deck and had lost feeling in the lower half of his body.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the man aboard and dropped him off to an awaiting EMS crew at Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport at 6:50 p.m. where he was taken to Brownsville Valley Baptist hospital.