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United States Coast Guard
News Release
Friday, October 07, 2011

Coast Guard medevacs man off South Padre Island in Gulf of Mexico

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a motor tanker Thursday, approximately five miles east of South Padre Island.

Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a report at approximately 6:22 p.m., from the Valle Azzurra, a 600-foot motor tanker, that a 40-year old male was receiving CPR from another crewmember and needed immediate medical attention. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter air crew, from Air Station Corpus Christi, and a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement boat crew, from Station South Padre Island, were diverted from training missions.

The helicopter rescue crew arrived on scene at approximately 7:51 p.m., and successfully hoisted the man off the Valle Azzurra. The man was transported to awaiting emergency medical services at Valley Regional Hospital in Brownsville.

The man's condition is unknown.

“It was thanks to the quick actions of our boat and air crew members, who got on scene and assessed the situation, that we were able to help save a life,” stated Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Griffin, an operations specialist at Sector Corpus Christi.

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