Man Injured Aboard Tug on Texas Intracoastal

Posted in Texas Maritime News,Tug Boat Accidents on May 3, 2012

Texas tugboat injury

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — Coast Guard crews from Corpus Christi were called to the Gulf Intracoastal near Rockport, TX on Monday morning to medevac an injured crewman aboard the U.S. owned and operated tugboat, Billy Burkett

The Coast Guard said they received the report at about 9 a.m. that at 20-year old male had been injured and required immediate medical assistance about five miles from Rockport.  The Coast Guard arrived on scene about an hour later and quickly hoisted the man aboard a Dolphin rescue helicopter and transported him to Columbia Memorial Hospital for medical care.

“We were able to get the rescue swimmer on scene quickly, and he recommended airlifting the man,” said Lt. Garret Barker, a Dolphin pilot at Air Station Corpus Christi. “I am just glad we were able to help the injured crewmember today.”

The man condition is so far unknown and he has not been identified.

The Billy Burkett is operated by Florida Marine Transporters in New Orleans, LA.