Coast Guard conducts medevac near Hilo

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard successfully medevaced a crewmember aboard a motor tanker approximately 92 miles southeast of Hilo, Friday.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a request for assistance from the crew of the 580-foot Cayman Island-flagged motor tanker Stolt Topaz at 7:53 a.m., Thursday. A 56-year-old Filipino crewmember was reportedly suffering symptoms of a heart attack.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon determined the crewmember required urgent medical treatment based on his symptoms. At the time of the call, the vessel was on a transpacific voyage, 477 miles southeast of the Big Island. The crew changed course toward Hawaii to reduce the distance of the medevac.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter were launched from Hilo Airport at 7:30 a.m., Friday. The Dolphin crew rendezvoused with the vessel and safely hoisted the patient at 9:05 a.m.

The helicopter crew flew the patient to Hilo Airport and transferred him to an ambulance, at 9:45 a.m. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center for further treatment.

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter file photo

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter file photo

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