Coast Guard medevacs crewmember from tanker off Oahu

HONOLULU — A 31-year-old man from the tank vessel Barcelona Knutsen was medevaced by the Coast Guard 13 miles south of Oahu, Saturday.

At 8:27 a.m., an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point hoisted the crewman aboard and safely delivered him in stable condition to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a request for a medevac at 7 p.m., Thursday, from the master of the Barcelona Knutsen for the crewman who reportedly sustained injuries to his face while conducting maintenance on a fire extinguisher.

The vessel was approximately 575 miles south of the Big Island at the time of the request. Watchstanders consulted the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

Weather on scene of the initial report was 11 mph winds and 3 foot seas.

The men and women of Air Station Barbers Point serve as “Guardians of the Pacific” in the largest and most culturally diverse of all Coast Guard operating areas — 12.2 million square miles of open ocean, atolls, and island nations. They enhance the readiness of the 14th District with long range patrol and logistical support capabilities, as well as quick and versatile search and rescue response using the Hercules and the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.

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