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Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship off Galveston

March 23, 2015

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 53-year-old man from the cruise ship Emerald Princess nine miles off Galveston Sunday.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., the Captain of the Emerald Princess contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders stating that a passenger smashed his thumb in a door while in his cabin, partially severing it. 

Watchstanders launched a Station Galveston boactcrew aboard a 45-foot response boat. The boatcrew pulled alongside the Emerald Princess at about 9 p.m. and brought the injured man aboard. After returning to the small boat station, the man was turned over to EMS in stable condition.

"It was a very smooth transfer," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Gerald Goss, a machinery technician aboard the response boat. "The cruise ship was ready for us with a ramp when we arrived allowing us to get him medical help very quickly."

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