Coast Guard rescues injured woman on Kauai

14th Coast Guard District NewsHONOLULU – A Coast Guard aircrew piloting an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducted a medical evacuation of a woman in the vicinity of Kalalau Trail, on the Na’pali Coast, Kauai at 11:15 p.m., Wednesday.

Coast Guard watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu were notified by Kauai Fire Department of a 25-year-old female who suffered a severe head injury. Individuals on scene provided treatment and details of the woman’s condition to the fire department. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon evaluated the report of the woman’s condition and recommended a medevac based on the severity of her injuries.

The Dolphin aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was launched at approximately 8:50 p.m. and arrived on scene at 10:40 p.m.

The aircrew hovered over a nearby beach and the Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered to the ground. He hiked to the injured woman’s location with a stokes litter and assessed her condition. The rescue swimmer and individuals on scene transported her to the hoist location on the litter. She was safely hoisted into the Dolphin at 11:16 p.m.

The woman was taken to Lihue Airport and transferred to awaiting emergency medical technicians for further medical treatment. The cause of the woman’s injuries are unknown as is her current condition.

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