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HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced two men from a supply vessel 100 miles offshore Galveston, Texas, Saturday.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received a call at 6:30 a.m. from the captain of an offshore supply vessel stating they had taken aboard five people found adrift on a raft. The five boaters' vessel had reportedly capsized.
One of the boaters from the adrift raft had suffered a jaw injury, while another man from the raft had suffered an injury to his ribs. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.
Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, directed the launch of an HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi for offshore coverage and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to conduct the medevac.
The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the two injured men and transported them to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
They were last reported to be in stable condition.
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