Coast Guard rescue crew airlifts 2 ill Japanese fishermen from Midway

HONOLULU — Coast Guard air crewmembers, from Air Station Barbers Point, transferred two ill Japanese fishermen from Midway Island to Oahu, Wednesday evening.

Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center personnel, based in Honolulu, received a call at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, from the Transmarine Navigation Agency Honolulu concerning the health of two 19 year-old ill fishermen who were aboard the Japanese flagged fishing vessel Shonan Maru, 900 miles west of Oahu.

Rescue coordinators made contact with the master of Shonan Maru about midnight, Monday; they provided instructions, medevac information and the master relayed the condition of both patients to a Coast Guard flight surgeon.

Upon hearing the recommendations from the flight surgeon, Coast Guard rescue coordinators instructed the fishing boat captain to divert to Midway Island.

A Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft crew was launched to Midway Island and picked up the ill fishermen at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Everything from the fuel planning to the crew resource management lead to the success of this case,” said Lt. j.g. Casey Corpe, co-pilot on the rescue mission.

The Hercules rescue crew arrived at Air Station Barbers Point at 11 p.m. Wednesday, and transferred both patients to an awaiting ambulance crew who took them to Kuakini Medical Center.

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