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.