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Coast Guard medevac mariner 1,501 miles east of Guam

Coast Guard medevac mariner at 1,501 miles east of Guam
An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew successfully medevaced a 51-year-old crewmember from a Japanese-flagged fishing 1,501 miles east of Guam on Wake Island, Feb. 9, 2021. He was reported to be in stable condition.
U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew West.

SANTA RITA, Guam — The Coast Guard medevac a 51-year-old crewmember from the 211-foot Japanese-flagged fishing vessel Shoyo Maru 1,501 nautical miles east of Guam on Wake Island, Tuesday.

An Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew successfully transported the man from Wake Island to awaiting emergency medical personnel (EMS) on Guam. He was reported to be in stable condition.

“Our ‘always ready’ motto demands that our aircrews are ready to rapidly respond anywhere in the Pacific,” said Cmrd. James Morrow, an operations officer at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point. “They often perform medical transportation flights between the islands ensuring the most critical patients are able to quickly reach the proper level of care they need.”

At 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu watchstanders received notification from the Japan Coast Guard that a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Shoyo Maru was experiencing abdominal and back pain.

A Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended a medical evacuation (medevac) based on the concern that the mariner’s condition could worsen if left untreated. The vessel was instructed to set course for Wake Island where they would meet with the Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew.

A duty corpsman from Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam was aboard the HC-130 Hercules monitoring the patient’s condition during transport.

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