The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 38-year-old man Sunday from a fishing boat 100 miles southeast of Galveston after it was reported he was having seizures.

The crew of the boat, M/V Black Jack IV, contacted the Coast Guard around 6:30 p.m., according to the Coast Guard’s press release, to report the man’s symptoms and to ask for assistance.

Black Jack IV is a fishing boat featured in the National Geographic Channel reality TV series, "Big Fish, Texas" about Katie’s Seafood Market in Galveston.

“The man who was having a problem was a National Marine Fisheries observer,” Buddy Guindon, owner of Katie’s Seafood Market, said. “He was out there observing the fishing practices of the vessel.”

No filming was going on at the time of the incident, Guindon said.

The man was hoisted by the crew into a helicopter.

The man was delivered to Scholes International Airport, where EMS transported him to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

He is reported in stable condition.

“I think he’s been released from the hospital now,” Guindon said. “Fishing is a tough job and sometimes things happen.”

Contact reporter Matthew deGrood at 409-683-5230 or


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