Coast Guard medevacs fisherman near Port Aransas, Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — A Coast Guard rescue boat crew medevaced a 55-year-old fisherman suffering from diabetic symptoms Monday afternoon, 8 miles offshore of Port Aransas.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a distress call from the captain of the commercial fishing boat Trissy Girl at approximately 12:30 p.m., saying one of his crewmembers was reportedly suffering from diabetic symptoms and that insulin was ineffective. The captain requested the Coast Guard take the man to the hospital.
Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders responded with a 45-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas who retrieved the fisherman and brought him to waiting emergency medical service for transportation to Aransas Pass Medical Center.
“Our main concern with this type of medical emergency is to retrieve the fisherman as quickly as possible and take him to higher level care for proper treatment,” said Petty Officer Second Class Philip Raska, the response boat commander. “We want to stress that any activity on the water is risky and that everyone going out needs to be prepared including having any prescription medication that may be needed.”
The fisherman is being treated at Aransas Pass Medical Center and was last reported to be in stable condition.