Sector Houstongalveston News

06 Sep 2019

UCG Medevacs Crewmember From Crude Tanker

The Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from a crude oil tanker approximately 20 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, Wednesday.Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received notification from the crew of the crude oil tanker Pacific Jewels that a member of the crew suffered a back injury and was in need of medical assistance. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to the scene.The Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted and transferred the crewmember to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.Weather on scene was reported as 4-foot seas with 20 mph winds.

02 Mar 2017

Injured Tanker Crewman Medevaced off Texas

An injured crewman was medevaced from a Belgian-flagged tanker in the lightering zone between Freeport and Galveston, Texas on Thursday morning.   At approximately 6:35 a.m., the agent of the 1,092-foot tanker Ingrid called U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders and reported that the vessel’s chief engineer broke his leg after getting hit with the anchor chain. The ship's master called shortly after and confirmed the engineer required medical attention.    A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter aircrew was launched at 8:10 a.m. to medevac the ailing crew member. They arrived on scene and hoisted the man by 9 a.m.    The 35-year-old crewman was taken to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and transferred in stable condition.

26 Feb 2017

Two rescued from Galveston Jetty

Sailboat drifts into South Galveston Jetty Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston

A Coast Guard aircrew plucked 2 men from the south Galveston Jetty Saturday morning, after their sailboat lost steering and ran into the rocks. At 9:06 a.m., the crew of the 27-foot sailboat called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders for help. While they were on the phone, the sailboat’s anchor line parted and they were headed for the rocks with 15 to 20-knot winds. The watchstanders sent a Station Galveston boat crew to assist them, but they were up against the rocks before the station arrived. They were able to get on the jetty.

09 Dec 2016

Injured RO/RO Crewman Rescued off Galveston

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man after he was struck by a piece of machinery and suffered a deep laceration and possible fracture on his leg while aboard a cargo ship about 15 miles east of Galveston early Friday morning. The crew of the roll-on roll-off (RO/RO) cargo ship Torino contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 4:49 a.m., reporting a 38-year-old man was struck by a crank lever about 2 inches below his knee and needed assistance. A Coast Guard flight surgeon determined he needed medical care and watchstanders deployed an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston. The helicopter arrived at 6:44 a.m. and the crew hoisted the man aboard.

31 Oct 2016

Tanker Crewman Medevaced off Galveston

A tanker crewman was medevaced Monday afternoon, after reports of suffering from a hernia about 15 miles off Galveston, Texas in the Fairway Anchorage. The master of the 600-foot, Marshall Islands flagged tanker Agena contacted U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at approximately 1 p.m., to report the mess cook had been suffering from hernia symptoms for several days, and had gotten worse. The watchstanders diverted an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the man. The helicopter crew was on scene at about 2 p.m. and transferred the man from the tanker. They then flew to Scholes International Airport, in Galveston, where EMS was waiting to transport the man to the University of Texas Medical Branch. The man was reported in stable condition.

19 Apr 2016

Man Missing after Tug Capsizes in Houston

The U.S. Coast Guard and Harris County Sheriff Department responders are searching for a missing man after he and four others were sent into the water when their tug flipped over in the San Jacinto river about a half mile south of Interstate 10 in Houston. The missing man was described as being about 5-foot-10-inches tall, 325 pounds, wearing a red shirt, khaki pants and a buoyant work vest. Kirby Inland Marine personnel notified the Coast Guard at 8:11 a.m., just after the tug, Ricky J Leboeuf, capsized at 7:44 a.m. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a Station Houston response boat, coordinated a Harris County Sheriff Department boat and requested a dive team to assist in the search.

28 Jul 2015

Diesel Spill in Houston Ship Channel

A small section of the Upper Houston Ship Channel was closed Tuesday morning after a report of 1,000 gallons of diesel entered Greens Bayou from a cement facility, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.   Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received the initial report at 7:13 a.m. of a diesel storage tank overflowing and entering the waterway.   To facilitate spill assessment and response operations, the Captain of the Port established a safety zone at 7:57 a.m., closing the Houston Ship Channel where it intersects Greens Bayou.   Coast Guard incident management personnel are on scene with Garner Environmental, who has been contracted by South Central Cement to conduct cleanup operations.   The diesel release was secured and the spill has been contained using boom.

08 Jun 2015

Congressional Leaders Visit Port of Houston

The delegation learned more about the Houston Ship Channel aboard one of the Port of Houston Authority's three Emergency Response Vessels. The group also saw the Port Authority's four new Super Post-Panamax Ship-to-Shore cranes at the Barbours Cut Container Terminal. (Photo: Port of Houston Authority)

The Port of Houston Authority hosted Congressional leaders on port matters for a facilitated visit and tour of the Port of Houston, Friday, June 5. Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Congressman Ted Poe and Congressman Brian Babin visited the Port of Houston and learned more about the national impact of the Port of Houston overall and in particular its safety and security measures. The visit was arranged upon the invitation of Congressman Poe, who along with Congresswoman Hahn co-chair the PORTS Caucus, which represents more than 100 ports across the nation.

23 Apr 2015

USCG Medevacs Man from Tanker 12 mi off Galveston

The new 45-foot response boat-medium boasts Courtesy USCG

A Coast Guard boatcrew medevaced a 46-year-old man from an oil tanker in the Galveston Fairway Anchorage Wednesday evening. At approximately 3 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a phone call from the captain of the 580-foot Jupiter Ace stating that a crewmember was coughing blood for unknown reasons. Watchstanders launched a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Galveston aboard a 45-foot response boat along with two local paramedics. The boatcrew and a paramedic moved the man from the taker onto the response boat.

06 Apr 2015

Oil Tanker Free after Grounding off Texas

SN Federica churns up mud while attempting to free itself after running aground March 31. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Dustin R. Williams)

An oil tanker has been refloated after running aground last Tuesday 35 miles east of Galveston, Texas. The SN Federica, a 750-foot Italian flagged oil tanker carrying more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil (nearly 17 million gallons), ran aground while transiting into the Galveston Fairway. The grounding caused the ship to incur damage to the forepeak of the vessel, leading to an ingress of water which was later determined to be ballast water and the ship was not leaking. After receiving a call from the tanker’s captain, U.S.

12 Mar 2015

Houston Ship Channel Fully Reopened

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Dustin R. Williams)

The Houston Ship Channel has been fully reopened today following Monday’s ship collision and subsequent salvage operations. The Houston Ship Channel was reopened Thursday morning after responders completed initial salvage plans on damaged chemical tanker Carla Maersk and moved the vessel to Barbour's Cut turning basin, the Central Texas Coastal Area Committee (CTCAC) reported. The Carla Maersk incurred significant damage following a collision earlier in the week between it and bulk carrier Conti Peridot.

27 Jan 2015

Baby Medevaced from Cruiseship in Gulf of Mexico

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoists an 8-month-old baby girl suffering from seizures from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico along with the baby's mother and nurse Jan. 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard vi

A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced an 8-month-old baby girl from the cruise ship Carnival Triumph early Monday morning, 140 miles southeast of Galveston. "It was very rewarding to be able to start a search-and-rescue career helping out a mother and her 8-month-old who really needed us at the time," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Grow, in reference to his first rescue as a qualified flight mechanic. At 7:15 p.m. Sunday, the Carnival Triumph's crew called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston to request a medical evacuation for a baby suffering from seizures and trouble breathing…

16 Sep 2014

Lake Charles Tugboat Engine Room Fire Extinguished

Fire fighters: Image credit KVH

The Coast Guard informs that along with the Black Bayou Fire Department it has responded to a tugboat on fire near Lake Charles, Louisiana. At approximately 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center received a report from the captain of the tug vessel Garyville, that there was a fire in the engine room. Watchstanders launched a boatcrew from Station Lake Charles to respond. The Black Bayou Fire Department arrived shortly after and the boatcrew transported the fire crew from shore to the tugboat.

21 Aug 2014

Coast Guard Medevacs Seafarer From Tanker off Galveston

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced a 32-year-old crewmember off an Italian-flagged tanker Aug. 20, 2014 after he suffered an injury from a snapped fender wire that struck his chest 38 miles off Galveston, Texas.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced a 32-year-old crewmember off an Italian-flagged tanker Wednesday, after he suffered an injury from a snapped fender wire that struck his chest 38 miles off Galveston, Texas. At 4:20 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a distress call from the captain of the 800-foot ship, Giovanni Battista De Carlini, stating that one of his crewmembers suffered an impact injury after the fender wire he was checking snapped and struck his chest.

20 Aug 2014

Houston Ship Channel Man Overboard Swims to Island

Rescued man (C) & rescue crew: Photo USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard informs of the rescue of a 62-year-old man who was stranded on Atkinson Island, after he fell off his boat in the Houston Ship Channel near Sylvan Beach and swam to the island. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call from a mariner transiting near Sylvan Beach stating they saw an unmanned boat going in circles. Watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and diverted a Station Houston boatcrew to respond.

19 Aug 2014

Search Suspended for Man Overboard near Cedar Bayou

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday for a man who went missing after his shrimp boat overturned Monday near Cedar Bayou on the Houston Ship Channel. The Coast Guard, Chambers County Sheriff’s office, Port of Houston Fire Department, and Harris County Dive Team searched for nearly 17 hours and covered more than 38 square miles with no sign of the missing man. “We conducted 13 sorties and searched more than 17 hours for the missing man, saturating the area with both aircraft and boats," said Zack Edwards, the command duty officer at Sector Houston-Galveston. "Unfortunately, we did not locate him and have suspended the search.

16 Mar 2014

Houston Ship Channel Collision: Tank Barge & Cargo Ship

Hull damage: Photo credit USCG

The cause of a collision between the cargo ship 'Genius Star VII' and a barge loaded with 840,000 gallons of #6 fuel oil in the Houston Ship Channel is being investigated by the US Coast Guard. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City received a report at approximately 8:30 p.m., on Friday concerning a collision, which occurred between a loaded barge and a 394-foot cargo ship loaded with grain. There has been no report of injuries or pollution from either vessel. Both vessels are reporting damage, but are in stable condition.

10 Jan 2014

Offshore Crewman Medevaced after Severing Foot

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 27-year-old man from an offshore supply vessel five miles off Louisiana, Thursday. The captain of the offshore supply vessel Miss Aubrey Ann contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at approximately 4 p.m., reporting that a crewmember severed his foot after getting it caught in a line. An Air Station Houston aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter medevaced the man to the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, in stable condition.

10 Jan 2014

OSV Severed Foot Victim's Life Saved by Coast Guard Medevac

The medevac: Photo courtesy of USCG

The captain of the offshore supply vessel 'Miss Aubrey Ann', 5 miles off Louisiana, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, reporting that a 27-year-old  crew-member severed his foot after getting it caught in a line. An Air Station Houston aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter responded and medevaced the man to the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, in stable condition. "Rescues like this are the bread and butter of operations of the Coast Guard, and this case is a great example of a coordinated Coast Guard response," said Lt.

09 Jul 2013

Coast Guard Medevacs Man 120 Miles off Galveston

A 48-year-old man was medevaced Monday night after he was found to be experiencing heart attack symptoms aboard an off shore tug boat approximately 120 miles off Galveston. Crewmembers aboard the tug contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 8:25 p.m. to report the captain’s condition and ask for assistance aboard the 73-foot tug, Crosby Skipper. The watchstanders launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Houston to recover the man. The aircrew transported him to Scholes International Airport in Galveston where Emergency Medical Services met him. “Every second counts in any case we execute,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert B. Maddox, an operations specialist at Sector Houston-Galveston.

23 Aug 2013

Coast Guard Medevacs Diver 120 Miles off Texas Coast

A 33-year-old female diver was medevaced Thursday evening after she experienced decompression issues following her fourth dive, approximately 120 miles off Galveston. The doctor aboard the 96-foot passenger vessel Fling called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 7:50 p.m., to report the divers condition and ask for assistance. The watchstanders launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston. An HU-25 Falcon, from Air Station Corpus Christi was diverted to the scene to provide oversight of the response effort. The aircrew transferred the diver, in stable condition, to Memorial Hermann Hospital. "Diving incidents can be extremely serious, especially when you are a seven-hour boat ride from a medical facility," said Lt. Matthew J.

23 Sep 2013

Lifejacket, Quick Thinking Save a Life in Galveston Bay

A man swept from a fishing boat and into the waters of Galveston Bay was saved by a quick-thinking friend and a piece of standard safety equipment Sunday. While fishing in Galveston Bay, four men aboard a fishing boat were interrupted by a large wave that sent one of the men into the water. Another man quickly donned a life jacket and grabbed a second one for his friend before jumping into the water to help him. "The operator of the boat tried to maneuver, but broke his key off in the ignition and stalled the engine when the wave upset the boat," said Petty Officer 1st Class David Sassner, the coxswain of the responding Coast Guard boat. A good Samaritan notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston of the incident at 4 p.m.

10 Jul 2008

B.Navi Sentenced For Pollution-Related Charges

B.Navi Ship Management Services (B.Navi) was sentenced to pay $1.5m and serve three years probation in connection with the illegal dumping of oily sludge, bilge wastes, and oil-contaminated ballast water from the M/V Windsor Castle, a 27,000 gross-ton bulk carrier vessel, Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Captain William Diehl, Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston announced. Engine room operations onboard large ocean-going vessels such as the M/V Windsor Castle generate large amounts of waste oil. International and law prohibit the discharge of waste oil without treatment by an Oil Water Separator.

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