Coast Guard Airlifts Ill Man 80 Miles North of Oahu

HONOLULU — A Coast Guard rescue aircrew hoisted an ill man from a motor vessel approximately 80 miles north of Oahu Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The Coast Guard received a call from the crew of the 789-foot motor vessel Cma Cgm Purple at 11:45 a.m. Monday concerning an ill 25-year-old male crewmember.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended the crewmembers of the Cma Cgm Purple tend to the ill man while awaiting the Coast Guard rescue crew.

“It was a textbook case,” said Lt. Michael Darrah, a rescue helicopter co-pilot at Air Station Barbers Point and a member of the rescue team. “The Coast Guard coordinated with the crew of the motor vessel, and a Coast Guard rescue aircrew provided communications and cover from above,” said Darrah.

The man was transported to The Queens Medical Center on Oahu.

The ship’s captain contacted Coast Guard rescue coordinators by e-mail at about 11 a.m. Monday and reported the crewmember’s injuries, which he sustained when the Cma Cgm Purple was 600 miles away from Oahu. Rescue teams were able to airlift the injured man once the vessel was within 80 miles of Oahu.

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