Newly qualified Coast Guard flight mechanic rescues doctor from research vessel
Houston, Texas (KETK) — A Coast Guard flight mechanic medevaced a man from a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 190 miles southeast of Galveston.
Him and his crew delivered the man to the Scholes International Airport in Galveston where they were met by emergency medical services Saturday.
A ship's representative, for the Norwegian flagged research vessel Veritas Viking, contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers at 2 a.m. and requested assistance.
The representative reported that 45-year-old doctor aboard the vessel was suffering from severe chest pains and experiencing heart attack symptoms.
An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew launched to rescue the man.
The newly qualified flight mechanic, Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class, Mitchell Ulrich, lowered the rescue swimmer more than 20 feet to the deck of the ship on his first search and rescue case. He then successfully hoisted the swimmer and patient back up to the helicopter.
The doctor was taken to local airport in Galveston at 8 a.m. and then taken by ambulance to a local hospital. He is now listed in stable condition.