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. 

Contact reporter Chacour Koop at 409-683-5241 or chacour.koop@galvnews.com

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