An 86-year-old man who allegedly swallowed a battery was removed off a cruise liner 50 miles off the coast of Galveston by a Coast Guard helicopter crew.
The occurrence took place on Saturday. A “medevac request” was received by Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders just before 7:30 p.m.
A crew member on the Carnival Dream cruise ship requested after learning that an 86-year-old man was allegedly “experiencing gastrointestinal issues and other side effects from ingesting a battery.”
When watchstanders spoke with the on-call flight surgeon, the doctor advised utilizing a helicopter to remove the man from the ship. To carry out the medevac, a crew from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Houston took off.
When the helicopter crew arrived on the site, they lifted the passenger and transported him in stable condition to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
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From A U.S. Coast Guard Release:
On Saturday, the Coast Guard rescued an 86-year-old man from a cruise ship 50 miles off the Texas city of Galveston.
A cruise ship Carnival Dream crew member requested a medevac at 7:22 p.m. on Saturday after learning that an 86-year-old male passenger was apparently suffering from gastrointestinal problems and other negative effects after consuming a battery. The on-call flight surgeon was consulted by watchstanders and suggested a medevac.
USCG tweeted that The USCG medevaced an 86–year–old man that reportedly ingested a battery from a cruise ship 50 miles off Galveston, Texas. You can see below:
To carry out the medevac, a crew from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Houston took off. When the helicopter crew arrived to the site, they lifted the passenger and took them in good health to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.