U.S. Coast Guard Conducts Medical Evacuation Aboard U.S. Navy Vessel

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point medically evacuated a contractor aboard the USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) operating off the coast of Hawaii, Thursday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducts the medical evacuation of a contractor aboard the USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) operating off the coast of Hawaii, Oct. 4, 2012. Watchstanders in the Joint Rescue Coordination Center communicated with a Coast Guard flight surgeon, recommended the medical evacuation of the mariner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Barbers Point.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu were notified at approximately 8:50 a.m. Wednesday of a contractor aboard USNS Soderman requiring medical attention due to symptoms of dizziness and dehydration.

Watchstanders in the Joint Rescue Coordination Center communicated with a Coast Guard flight surgeon, who recommended the medical evacuation of the mariner.

The Coast Guard launched the Dolphin crew to remove the patient from the vessel at approximately 10:40 a.m.

An HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew was launched to provide cover for the Dolphin crew at approximately 10:46 a.m.

The patient was transported ashore to Hilo Medical Center in Hilo, Hawaii, to receive medical treatment.

USNS Soderman is a U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command Army Prepositioned Stock ship. Military Sealift Command operates approximately 110 non-combatant, merchant mariner-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, and strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.

For more information about USNS Soderman, contact Jillian Morris, Military Sealift Command Public Affairs at 202-685-5058.

For more information about the Coast Guard rescue, contact 14th Coast Guard District Public Affairs Office at 808-535-3230.

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