Coast Guard medically evacuates 60-year-old diver near Molokai

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 60-year-old man experiencing symptoms of decompression sickness after a dive near the southwest side of Molokai, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a relayed call from the Molokai Fire Department regarding a diver who was experiencing symptoms of decompression sickness after a dive and needed immediate medical assistance.

The Coast Guard medically evacuates a 60-year-old man experiencing symptoms of decompression sickness after a dive near the southwest side of Molokai, Aug. 29, 2013. The man was hoisted into an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and transferred to Kuakini Health Systems in Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The Coast Guard medically evacuates a 60-year-old man experiencing symptoms of decompression sickness after a dive near the southwest side of Molokai, Aug. 29, 2013. US Coast Guard phogo

A Coast Guard flight surgeon evaluated the symptoms and recommended an immediate medical evacuation to the nearest decompression chamber.

Sector Honolulu launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to the scene.

The man was safely hoisted and transferred to Kuakini Health Systems in Honolulu.

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