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Coast Guard rescues man from tanker off coast of San Luis Pass

HOUSTON – A Coast Guard aircrew removed a 35-year-old man from a tanker in the lightering zone between Freeport and  Galveston.

An agent of the 1,092-foot tanker, Ingrid called the Coast Guard at 6:35 a.m. Thursday to report that the chief engineer broke his leg after he was hit with the anchor chain.

The ship's master called shortly afterward and confirmed that the engineer needed medical attention. 

The Coast Guard  launched  an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew to remove the man by medevac at 8:10 a.m. 

The crew arrived at 9 a.m.

The chief engineer was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in stable condition.