HOUSTON (March 2, 2014) The U.S. Coast Guard used a helicopter to pull a sick 45-year-old doctor from a Norwegian research vessel 190 miles off the coast of Galveston in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Coast Guard says in a statement the man aboard the Veritas Viking was experiencing severe chest pains and heart attack symptoms when the ship’s crew called for urgent Coast Guard help at around 2 a.m. Saturday.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer more than 20 feet to the ship's deck.
The swimmer and the sick doctor were then hoisted onto the helicopter.
The doctor was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch for treatment.
He was in stable condition.