Coast Guard Conducts Medevac Near Hilo

The Coast Guard successfully medevaced a crewmember aboard a motor tanker approximately 92 miles southeast of Hilo, Friday.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a request for assistance from the crew of the 580-foot Cayman Island-flagged motor tanker Stolt Topaz at 7:53 a.m., Thursday. A 56-year-old Filipino crewmember was reportedly suffering symptoms of a heart attack.

A  Coast Guard flight surgeon determined the crewmember required urgent medical treatment based on his symptoms. At the time of the call, the vessel was on a transpacific voyage, 477 miles southeast of the Big Island. The crew changed course toward Hawaii to reduce the distance of the medevac.

HC-130 Hercules airplane

HC-130 Hercules airplane

Coast Guard crewmembers from Air Station Barbers Point aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter were launched from Hilo Airport at 7:30 a.m., Friday. The Dolphin crew rendezvoused with the vessel and safely hoisted the patient at 9:05 a.m.

The helicopter crew flew the patient to Hilo Airport and transferred him to an ambulance, at 9:45 a.m. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center for further treatment.

For more information contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.

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