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Coast Guard medevac mariner from Palmyra Atoll

Coast Guard medevac mariner from Palmyra Atoll
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point aircrew unloads a MH-65E Dolphin helicopter from a HC-130 Hercules airplane on Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 28, 2021.
The helicopter is a new “echo” model with improvements ranging from enhanced digital weather/surface radar to modernization of the avionics from the previous “delta” model.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew West.

HONOLULU — A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew conducted a medevac for a 57-year-old South Korean mariner from Palmyra Atoll, Thursday.

The mariner was suffering abdominal pains and was flown to Hawaii where he was transferred by ambulance to Pali Momi Medical Center for treatment. He is reported to be in stable condition and awaiting surgery.

At 4:05 p.m., Wednesday, Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Honolulu watchstanders received a report from the Daehan Shipping Agency stating a mariner aboard the fishing vessel Hae Cheon had been experiencing abdominal pain in the lower abdomen since Dec. 20 and was having difficulty walking and eating.

The report stated the Hae Cheon was en-route to Honolulu to transfer the mariner to medical services.

A Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the mariner be medically evacuated.

JRCC Honolulu watchstanders diverted the Hae Cheon to Palmyra Atoll and deployed the Hercules aircrew to conduct the medevac.

At 7:02 p.m., Thursday, the HC-130 Hercules aircrew arrived on Palmyra Atoll and embarked the mariner before departing for Hawaii.

The HC-130 Hercules crew arrived in Hawaii at 11:30 p.m. and transferred the mariner to awaiting emergency medical services.

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