Medevac off Galveston
The US Coast Guard medevaced a man Wednesday from the 'Lacta', en route from New Orleans to Houston, approximately 130 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received a medevac request on May 17, 2022, at 7:27 p.m. from the bulk carrier, stating a 20-year-old man aboard was experiencing complications from high blood pressure. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac. A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to conduct the medevac while a Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew launched to provide an overflight and relay communications. The Dolphin crew rendezvoused with the vessel, hoisted the man and transferred him to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in stable condition.
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Blown hydraulich hose forced bulker to drop anchor in Elliott Bay
The Kent Pirtek company, which provides mobile hydraulic and other high-pressure hose repair service to the marine, construction and trucking industries, was contracted by the Singapore-based ISM Ship Management Co. after a lifeboat operational test failed because of a blown hydraulic hose. The lifeboat was dangling, so they couldn't come to Seattle port. The bulker with a Korean captain had a mainly Filipino crew. They attempted to fix the hose, a 5,000 PSI (pounds of force per square inch) high pressure hose, but it didn't work. They hit the lever and it popped. The ship dropped anchor in Elliott Bay on its way to Harbor Island to drop off a load of grain. The crew lined up a transport boat through Arrow Marine Services to transport a technician to the ship. It took him 20 minutes to fix the damage. The bulker left Seattle again on Apr 6, 2014, short past midnight.Upload News