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Snorkeler Medevaced From Molokini Crater off Maui

July 11, 2018, 5:13 PM HST
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Molokini Crater. File photo by Wendy Osher.

A 69-year-old man was medevaced after experiencing pain in both arms while snorkeling near Molokini Crater on Wednesday morning, July 11, 2018.

The incident was reported at 9:25 a.m. by crew aboard the 53-foot passenger vessel Lani Kai to watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Maui.

A Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew along with a paramedic from the American Medical Association Medic 15 rendered assistance.

Once on scene, the paramedic assessed the snorkeler’s condition and recommended a medevac, which was concurred with by a Coast Guard duty flight surgeon.

The patient was transferred to the response boat and brought to awaiting emergency services on shore who transported him to the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

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“We work closely with our emergency service partners to get visitors and waterway users to a higher level of medical care as quickly as possible,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant Hadley, a boatswain’s mate at the station.

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The weather at the time of the medevac was 2-foot seas with light and variable winds.

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