Cutter Halibut Medevacs Catalina Woman

CATALINA ISLAND, Ca. (CG Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard Cutter Halibut transferred a 61 year-old woman from Catalina Island to Cabrillo Marina at about 2: 00 a.m. this morning. The woman was suffering from major medical problems and was then taken by ambulance to Long Beach Memorial Hospital. The initial plan was to medevac the patient off Catalina Island by air, but, due to low visibility, it was decided to transfer her by boat instead. Bay Watch Avalon transferred the patient to the Coast Guard Cutter outside the harbor. The cutter then proceeded to Cabrillo Marina.

“We tied up the ship (at Cabrillo Pier) and transferred the patient to the fire paramedics, and they in turn took her to Long beach Memorial,” said Lt.j.g Paul Miller, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut. “It was a tremendous effort by all the crew. It was definitely a team effort between Baywatch, Avalon, us and the sherrifs.”

MK2 Daryl Lirette, Assistant Engineering Officer added, “I’m proud of the cutter Halibut for responding like we did. It was early in the morning; people were tired. On top of that, we couldn’t see in front of our faces. We made the boat as comfortable for the patient as we could and got her off safely. Everybody worked well as a team.”

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