Hawaiian Rescue Crews Double Up on Medical Evacuations

HONOLULU — U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews plan to medically evacuate an injured crewmember Friday 100 miles southwest of Barber’s Point.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) crew here was contacted Friday by the master of the motor vessel Hokuetsu Future and reported an injured 40-year-old male crewmember aboard the vessel. The injured man will be hoisted into an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and transported to a medical facility for treatment.

Honolulu-based Coast Guard rescue crews responded Tuesday to another call for assistance. The crew of the motor vessel City notified the Coast Guard Tuesday concerning a 32-year-old male crewmember suffering from an unknown sickness. A Coast Guard rescue crew flew to the Midway Atoll Thursday to pick up the patient and returned to Oahu Friday; the City crewmember was then transferred to The Queen’s Medical Center.

“No medevac (medical evacuation) is ever routine,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Marty Parkins, a search and rescue controller at the JRCC. “We train every day and take great pride in being able to respond at a moments notice.”

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