Coast Guard: Injured man rescued near Texas coast

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HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has extracted an injured man from an Italian oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston. The Coast Guard reports a snapped wire struck a 32-year-old man in his chest Wednesday afternoon about 38 miles off the coast. The captain of the 800-foot ship named Giovanni Battista De Carlini says the wire broke while the crew member was inspecting it.

The Coast Guard says the man was transported by helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. His condition is unclear. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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