Coast Guard air crew medically evacuates Big Island woman to Oahu

HONOLULU — A U.S. Coast Guard air crew conducted a medical evacuation of a 58-year-old woman from The Big Island to Oahu Tuesday.

Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) watch standers here received a call from a Hawaii State Department of Health official Tuesday morning about a woman suffering from chest pains.

A Coast Guard C-130 long-range search aircraft crew from Air Station Barbers Point was en route to Hilo International Airport with a Disaster Medical Assist Team (DMAT) at 2 p.m. to pick up the woman. The crew returned to Barbers Point where City and County of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services personnel transferred her to an ambulance at 5:20 p.m. The woman was then transported to The Queen’s Medical Center.

The inter-island rescue effort was coordinated between a Coast Guard flight surgeon, a Hawaii State Department of Health doctor and JRCC watch standers.

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