Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conducts medevac from fishing vessel near Oahu

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 29-year-old man suffering chest pains approximately 92 miles southwest of Oahu, Sunday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point safely hoisted the man from the fishing vessel Lady Karen at 7:21 a.m., and transferred him to Queens Medical Center in Honolulu at 8:03 a.m.

The crew aboard the Lady Karen contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu at 5:25 p.m., Friday, regarding medical assistance for an ailing crewmember with a heart condition.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended a 12-hour communications schedule with the Lady Karen. The man’s condition continued to worsen and the Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended a medevac based on the reported symptoms.

Once the vessel was within range the medevac was conducted.

Air Station Barbers Point has four Dolphin helicopters to provide service to the Main Hawaiian Islands. The Dolphin has a range of approximately 300 miles and is operated by a crew of four.

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