Ailing crewman airlifted from ship to hospital

Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

emergency-lights (640 px)The crew member of a container ship is safe after a U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter flew near the shores of South Padre Island to medevac the 24-year-old man late Saturday night.

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, the USCG’s “8th District watchstanders (in New Orleans, LA) notified the Sector Corpus Christi Command Center at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.”

Described only as a “foreign male crew member” in the press release, the man who was aboard the Monte Azul, an 892-foot container ship, exhibited signs of appendicitis and asked to be removed from the ship for treatment.

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