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Coast Guard MH-65 aircrew medevac a mariner from the cargo vessel Brilliant Ace off Oahu, Honolulu

Coast Guard MH-65 aircrew medevac a mariner from cargo vessel Brilliant Ace off Oahu, Honolulu
Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter air crew prepare to conduct a MEDEVAC of a mariner 100 miles northwest of Oahu, Dec. 4, 2020.
Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point Short-Range Recovery helicopter aircrew rescued the mariner via hoist and transported him back to shore and into the care of emergency personnel.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Barbers Point.

HONOLULU — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew successfully conducted a MEDEVAC of a 50-year-old mariner from the 650-foot commercial cargo vessel, Brilliant Ace, 100 miles northwest of Honolulu, Friday.

He was reported to be in stable condition.

A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery (SRR) helicopter aircrew hoisted the mariner and transported back to the air station where the emergency medical service (EMS) were waiting to transport him to Queen’s Medical Center.

“Our aircrews train regularly to ensure they are prepared for this type of situation,” said Lt. Richard Sullivan, command duty officer for Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu. “We were able to launch the rescue crew swiftly and bring the mariner back to shore so he could receive the proper medical care he required.”

At 9:00 p.m., Thursday, the Brilliant Ace notified to JRCC Honolulu watchstanders that a crewmember onboard appeared to be suffering from their medications not working.

Duty flight surgeons from the Coast Guard were consulted and recommended a medical evacuation (medevac) based on the concern that the mariner’s condition could rapidly deteriorate if left untreated. The vessel was instructed to set course for Oahu where Coast Guard air assets would be ready to rendezvous.

The weather at the time of the medevac was reportedly winds of 23 mph and seas up to 6-feet.


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