Coast Guard air crew medically evacuates U.S. Navy member from Midway Atoll

HONOLULU — A U.S. Coast Guard air crew medically evacuated a 19-year-old Navy member from Midway Atoll to Oahu Thursday.

The Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center here received a call from the U.S. Navy’s 3rd Fleet in Hawaii on Wednesday night about a patient requiring a medical transport to Oahu.

A crew aboard an Air Station Barbers Point C-130 long-range search aircraft picked up the Navy crew member and flew about five hours back to Oahu, where City and County of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services personnel transferred the crew member to an ambulance en route to Tripler Army Medical Center at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Originally a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft crew was tasked to pick up the crew member from Midway Island. To further evaluate the risk associated with landing at Midway due to this remote island and excessively heavy bird activity, the Navy pilots called our Coast Guard C-130 pilots,” said Cmdr. Michael McCraw, the 14th Coast Guard District’s incident management chief. “After assessing the risks, the decision was jointly made for the Coast Guard to provide the flight service since we fly there often and are very familiar with the island.”

“This was a great opportunity to help our Navy brethren because they routinely support us during search and rescue missions when we are in short supply of air assets. The Coast Guard and Navy continue to build a strong alliance here in the Pacific. We need to lean on each other once in a while and continue to build our interagency relationship due to the vastness of our operating area,” said McCraw.

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