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Coast Guard, Navy and USAF medevac mariner from fishing vessel off Hawaii

Coast Guard, Navy and USAF medevac mariner from fishing vessel off Hawaii. MH-60R Seahawk
Archive image: an MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, takes off from the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) during maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden, Feb. 26, 2019.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Logan C. Kellums.

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Air Force (USAF), and Navy successfully medevac a 73-year-old mariner from the 84-foot commercial fishing vessel Lady Alice 150 miles east of Hilo, Friday.​

A Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 MH-60R Seahawk aircrew transported the mariner directly to Queen’s Medical Center. He was reportedly in stable condition.

“One of the greatest difficulties when dealing with cases such as this in the Pacific is distance,” said Michael Cobb, command duty officer for Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu. “This is why partnerships with our fellow armed services are so important out here. The Coast Guard, Navy, and USAF all have different capabilities and through teamwork we were able to aid a mariner in need.”

Coast Guard, Navy and USAF medevac mariner from fishing vessel off Hawaii. HC-130 Hercules Barbers Point
Archive image: an Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew drops off a fresh MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew at Hilo, Hawaii, while responding to a search and rescue case for a missing fisher, June 13, 2020. The Hercules crew also participated in the case, conducting shoreline searches along Hawaii Island.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jack Sauve.

At 7:37 a.m., Monday, the owner of the Lady Alice notified JRCC watchstanders that the master of the vessel appeared to be suffering symptoms of a stroke. The mariners aboard provided medication to the patient and were instructed by JRCC watchstanders to monitor his condition and maintain scheduled communication.

Duty flight surgeons from the Coast Guard and USAF were consulted and recommended sending Air Force pararescue jumpers from the 129th Rescue Wing to the vessel before the mariner’s condition deteriorated.​

Coast Guard, Navy and USAF medevac mariner from fishing vessel off Hawaii. HC-130J Combat King II 129th Rescue Wing
Archive image: the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard receives its first new HC-130J Combat King II replacing the unit’s aging MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, Moffett Air National Guard Base, Calif., April 7, 2018. The HC-130J is the only dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform in the Air Force and Air National Guard inventory. The HC-130J supports missions in all-weather and geographic environments, including reaching austere locations. The HC-130J is also tasked for airdrop, airland, and helicopter air-to-air refueling and forward-area ground refueling missions. It also supports humanitarian aid operations, disaster response, security cooperation/aviation advisory, emergency aeromedical evacuation and noncombatant evacuation operations.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino.

An Air Force’s HC-130J Combat King II aircrew launched and once on-scene deployed three pararescue jumpers. An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew provided weather updates and support overhead during the operation.​

Further evaluations from the parajumpers determined the patient required more medical care than available. This prompted the Navy’s intervention with the use of their MH-60R Seahawk aircrew to medevac the mariner to shore.​

An Air Force 129th Rescue Wing HC-130J Combat King II aircrew deploys para rescue jumpers with help from a Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew during a medical emergency aboard a fishing vessel off Hawaii, Sept. 28, 2020. The patient was later transferred by a Navy helicopter to shore for higher medical care.
U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station Barbers Point.

The weather at the time of the medevac was reportedly winds of 12 mph and seas up to 2 feet.


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