Coast Guard crew medically evacuate ill mariner

Coast Guard District 14 NewsHONOLULU – Coast Guard Station Maui crewmembers medically evacuated an 18-year-old male suffering from an asthma attack aboard a small passenger vessel operating near Molokini Crater, Maui Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu rescue coordinators received notification of the 18-year-old’s condition at 8:30 a.m. The medical evacuation was requested over VHF-FM channel 16 by the vessel’s crew. The man was reported to be unresponsive with a weak pulse, but still breathing. A doctor from a passing boat was transferred to the vessel and administered care to the man while Coast Guard crews transited to the vessel’s location.

Coast Guard rescue crewmembers aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium evacuated the man to Kihei Boat Ramp where he was transferred to Emergency Medical Services for further treatment.

“I am happy we were able to expedite the transfer of the distressed passenger to awaiting EMS ashore,” said Lt. Blair Sweigart, Sector Honolulu search and rescue coordinator. “Additionally, we are appreciative of the emergency care provided by the doctor who volunteered his services to assist the man.”

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