GALVESTON — A crew member of an Italian tanker was in stable condition at the University of Texas Medical Branch on Thursday after he was struck and injured by a snapped fender wire, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the 32-year-old man off the deck of the ship, which was about 38 miles off the coast of Galveston, shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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