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.
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.