HONOLULU — Coast Guard rescue aircrews medevac a mariner from the commercial fishing vessel “Vicious Cycle,” 130-miles southwest of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Tuesday.
The mariner was hoisted from the vessel by an Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and brought to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) at Queens Medical Center.
His condition is unknown at this time.
At 11:14 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from a friend of the crew stating they received a message from the Vicious Cycle reporting the master had received an injury to his forearm.
Watchstanders attempted to contact the Vicious Cycle via radio but were unable to due to the vessel being out of radio range. An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew was launched to establish contact with the vessel and ascertain the situation.
A Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended a medevac due to the situation.
Because the Vicious Cycle was located outside of the Dolphin’s range, Sector Honolulu watchstanders diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) from nearby to act as a refueling point.
The MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery (SRR) Helicopter aircrew launched and after refueling on the Midgett arrived on scene and successfully hoisted the injured mariner.
The MH-65 Dolphin then returned to the USCGC Midgett to refuel before flying to Queens Medical Center.
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