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