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Coast Guard MH-65 crew medevac mariner from cargo vessel ADONIS

Coast Guard MH-65 crew medevac mariner from cargo vessel ADONIS
Archive image: an Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter approaches the flight deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) off Hawaii, March 12, 2020.
The crew of the Kimball was conducting flight operation training with the Air Station Barbers Point aircrew.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West.

HONOLULU — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin crew successfully conducted a medevac of a 43-year-old mariner from the 984-foot commercial cargo vessel, ADONIS, 9 nautical miles south of Honolulu, Wednesday.

He was reported to be in stable condition.

A Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery (SRR) helicopter aircrew transported the mariner back to the Air Station where the emergency medical services (EMS) were waiting to transport him to Straub Medical Center.​

“Our aircrews train diligently to ensure they are prepared for this type of situation,” said Lt. Donald Murrow, a MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter pilot at Air Station Barbers Point. “Our aircrews and hoist-capable aircrafts are essential to ensuring mariners reach higher levels of medical care quickly.”​

At 4:00 a.m., Saturday, the captain of the cargo vessel ADONIS notified to Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu (JRCC) watchstanders that a crewmember onboard suffered a hand injury.​

Coast Guard MH-65 crew medevac mariner from cargo vessel ADONIS
Archive image: a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, practices surf search and rescue new Haleiwa, Hawaii, on Jan 18, 2013. Coast Guard, Ocean Safety and Department of Land and Natural Resources worked to together to strengthen skills for potential coordinated response.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.

The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medical evacuation (medevac) based on the concern that the mariner’s injury could worsen if left untreated. Due to the vessel’s size and safety concerns for a small-boat transfer, ADONIS’ crew was instructed to set course for Oahu where Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew would rendezvous upon their arrival.​

The weather at the time of the medevac was reportedly winds of 20 mph and seas up to 6-feet.

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