The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man from off the coast of Galveston on Saturday afternoon, after he broke his leg aboard a tanker in the Gulf of Mexico.

A helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston flew to the 336-foot tanker, Kassos, on Saturday. The tanker was anchored about 40 miles south of Galveston.

The captain of Kassos told the U.S. Coast Guard that the man had broken his leg. A Coast Guard surgeon determined the man should be rescued by helicopter and flown to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for treatment.

The helicopter flew to the tanker and used a basket to lift the man aboard. During the rescue, winds were reported as 17 mph, and the seas were 5-feet high.

The 38-year-old mariner was in stable condition at the hospital on Saturday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

— John Wayne Ferguson

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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