Coast Guard medevacs injured fisherman from Midway Atoll


HONOLULU—A 46-year-old man is receiving treatment in Oahu after being medically evacuated from Midway Atoll last Saturday.

The Hercules crew flew more than 1,300 miles from Oahu to Midway to complete the medevac.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Command Center Honolulu received a medevac request from the Chinese-flagged fishing vessel Kiafuhao regarding an injured crewmember.

The duty Coast Guard flight surgeon was briefed and recommended a medevac based on the patient’s condition. An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew launched from Air Station Barbers Point at 6am Saturday. 

The Coast Guard partnered with a Disaster Medical Assistance Team from Honolulu who provided inflight care.

The patient was safely transferred to EMS at 7pm for further transport to Queen’s Medical Center. He is reported to be in stable condition.

“This mission demonstrates the flexibility and professionalism of Coast Guard crews who are ready to respond to any call for assistance,” said Lt.jg. Heidi Will, command duty officer, Coast Guard 14th District command center. “In partnering with medical professionals, we were able to provide coordinated medical assistance to an individual in need.” (USCG)

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