Man Medevaced From Cruise Ship off Maui

September 13, 2017, 6:33 PM HST · Updated September 13, 6:35 PM
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A 72-year-old man arrived safely to Maui Wednesday, after being medevaced 170 miles from a cruise ship offshore.

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A Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopter aircrew from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 at Kaneʻohe Bay, Hawaiʻi, arrived on scene at 3:55 a.m., safely hoisted the man aboard and delivered him to awaiting emergency medical services at the Maui Memorial Medical Center in Kahului.

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“This case illustrates the importance of our partnership with the Navy”, said Lt. Duane Zitta, command duty officer, Coast Guard Joint Response Coordination Center Honolulu. “In the remote Pacific, long-range capable search and rescue assets are vital to getting people to a higher level of medical care as quickly and safely as possible.”

JRCC personnel in Honolulu received notification at 5:18 p.m. Tuesday from the master of the cruise ship Radiance of the Seas, of a passenger aboard suffering from symptoms of abdominal distress.

Watchstanders at JRCC contacted the duty flight surgeon who recommended the man be seen by a general surgeon within 24 hours. Watchstanders at JRCC then coordinated with HSM-37 to conduct the rescue.

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