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USCG, Navy and Japan Coast Guard rescue mariner 725 miles off Guam

USCG, Japan Coast Guard and Navy rescue fisherman off Guam
USCG, U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter and Japan Coast Guard rescue mariner 725 nautical miles off Guam.
Japan Coast Guard photo.

SANTA RITA, Guam — Members of the US Coast Guard, Japan Coast Guard, and US Navy rescue a mariner aboard a fishing vessel 725 nautical miles south of Guam.​

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam’s Joint Rescue Sub-Center (JRSC) received a report of a 55-year old male experiencing severe abdominal pain aboard the fishing vessel Fukuichimaru No. 83, nearly 725-nautical miles south of Guam.

The JRSC coordinated with the U.S. Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-25) and the Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel Mizuho to complete the emergency medevac (medical evacuation) of the patient.

“The combined work between Mizuho, HSC-25, and the U.S. Coast Guard showcased efficient and timely search and rescue execution between interagency and international partners,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Crose, a search and rescue mission coordinator for U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam.​

USCG, Japan Coast Guard and Navy rescue fisherman off Guam
Fishing vessel Fukuichimaru No. 83.
Japan Coast Guard photo.

“The excellent communication and coordination during this case also underscores the importance of the newly-signed Sapphire agreement between the U.S. and Japan Coast Guards,” said Crose. “Having just completed a joint exercise the day before, this close relationship is already paying dividends in response effectiveness while promoting a safe and secure maritime environment.”

The Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel Mizuho was able to quickly reach the fishing vessel Fukuichimaru No. 83 and transport the patient within helicopter range of Guam, where they rendezvoused with HSC-25 to conduct a hoist and transfer of the patient to a higher level of medical care.

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