Man on cruise ship mede­vaced to Maui via Navy he­li­copter

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

A Navy he­li­copter crew mede­vaced a 72-year-old man from the cruise ship Ra­di­ance of the Seas, 170 miles off­shore, and took him to Maui for med­i­cal treat­ment, the U.S. Coast Guard re­ported Wed­nes­day.

A re­port of ab­dom­i­nal distress for a male pas­sen­ger aboard the ship was re­ceived at 5:18 p.m. Tues­day by the Coast Guard’s Joint Re­sponse Co­or­di­na­tion Center in Honolulu.

A duty flight sur­geon with the center rec­om­mended the man be seen by a gen­eral sur­geon within 24 hours.

Then, a crew aboard a Navy MH-60 Sea­hawk he­li­copter from Ka­neohe Bay, Oahu, was dis­patched to the scene, hoisted the man aboard and flew him to an await­ing ground am­bu­lance crew on Maui, of­fi­cials said.

The crew serves with the He­li­copter Mar­itime Strike Squadron 37.

“This case il­lus­trates the im­por­tance of our part­ner­ship with the Navy,” said Lt. Duane Zitta, com­mand duty of­fi­cer at the Joint Re­sponse Co­or­di­na­tion Center. “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.”

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