A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew flew a man from aboard a tanker to Galveston for medical treatment Monday afternoon.
The helicopter crew flew about 15 miles off Galveston to the Agena, a 600-foot tanker, where the ship's 29-year-old cook had been suffering from hernia symptoms for several days, officials said. His symptoms had gotten worse, and ship master called for help about 1 p.m., officials said.
The helicopter crew arrived at the ship about 2 p.m. and returned to Scholes International Airpot, where emergency medical personnel were awaiting to take the man to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.
The man was in stable condition, officials said.