Coast Guard medevacs mariner from Wake Island

Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules airplane photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball

Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules airplane photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball

SANTA RITA, Guam — The Coast Guard medevaced a 51-year-old crewmember from the 211-foot Japanese-flagged fishing vessel Shoyo Maru 1,501 miles east of Guam on Wake Island, Tuesday.

An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew successfully transported the man from Wake Island to awaiting emergency medical personnel on Guam. He was reported to be in stable condition.

“Our ‘always ready’ motto demands that our aircrews are ready to rapidly respond anywhere in the Pacific,” said Cmrd. James Morrow, an operations officer at Air Station Barbers Point. “They often perform medical transportation flights between the islands ensuring the most critical patients are able to quickly reach the proper level of care they need.”

At 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu watchstanders received notification from the Japan Coast Guard that a crewmember aboard the Shoyo Maru was experiencing abdominal and back pain.

A Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended a medevac based on the concern that the mariner’s condition could worsen if left untreated. The vessel was instructed to set course for Wake Island where they would meet the Coast Guard aircrew.

A duty corpsman from Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam was aboard the Hercules monitoring the patient’s condition during transport.

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