USCG medevacs mariner from Palmyra Atoll


HONOLULU—An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew conducted a medical evacuation for a 57-year-old South Korean mariner from Palmyra Atoll last Thursday.

The mariner was suffering abdominal pains and was flown to Hawaii where he was transferred by ambulance to Pali Momi Medical Center for treatment. He is reported to be in stable condition and awaiting surgery.

At 4:05pm, Wednesday, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu watchstanders received a report from the Daehan Shipping Agency stating a mariner aboard the fishing vessel Hae Cheon had been experiencing abdominal pain in the lower abdomen since Dec. 20 and was having difficulty walking and eating.

The report stated the Hae Cheon was en route to Honolulu to transfer the mariner to medical services.

A Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the mariner be medically evacuated.

JRCC watchstanders diverted the Hae Cheon to Palmyra Atoll and deployed the Hercules aircrew to conduct the medevac.

At 7:02pm, Thursday, the Hercules aircrew arrived on Palmyra Atoll and embarked the mariner before departing for Hawaii.

The Hercules crew arrived in Hawaii at 11:30pm and transferred the mariner to awaiting emergency services. (USCG)

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