Coast Guard air crew medically evacuates Kauai man to Oahu

HONOLULU — A U.S. Coast Guard air crew conducted a medical evacuation of a 52-year-old man from the Kauai to Oahu, Thursday.

Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) watch standers here received a call from a Hawaii State Department of Health official Wednesday night about an ill man in need of medical transport to Oahu.

A Coast Guard C-130 long-range search aircraft crew from Air Station Barbers Point departed Barbers Point for Lihue Airport with a Disaster Medical Assist Team (DMAT) at 7:30 a.m. this morning to pick up the man.

The crew returned to Barbers Point where City and County of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services personnel transferred him to an ambulance at approximatly 10 a.m. The inter-island rescue effort was coordinated between a Coast Guard flight surgeon, a Hawaii State Department of Health doctor and JRCC watch standers.

Earlier this week, critical care specialists from around the Pacific participated in a Joint Medical Attendant Transport Team (JMATT) hands-on experience and training session at the Coast Guard’s air station at Barbers Point.

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