Mariner, 62, res­cued from fish­ing boat north of Maui

Man mede­vaced to Maui Me­mo­rial in sta­ble con­di­tion

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

A U.S. Coast Guard he­li­copter crew plucked a 62-year-old mariner off of a fish­ing ves­sel Wed­nes­day 82 miles north of Kahu­lui, of­fi­cials re­ported Thurs­day.

The man was mede­vaced to Maui Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter where he was re­ported in sta­ble con­di­tion.

“Our trained crews and hoist-ca­pa­ble air­craft are vi­tal to en­sur­ing mariners reach a higher level of med­i­cal care quickly,” said Lt. j.g. Ce­lesta Brosowsky, a com­mand duty of­fi­cer with Coast Guard Sec­tor Honolulu. “Our air­crews worked ef­fec­tively with the fish­er­men to con­duct the hoist and de­liv­ered their cap­tain in sta­ble con­di­tion to await­ing emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices.”

Coast Guard of­fi­cials re­ceived a call at 1:15 p.m. Wed­nes­day about a boat cap­tain with a med­i­cal emer­gency, of­fi­cials said. A doc­tor was con­sulted, and it was de­ter­mined the man had stroke symp­toms and needed im­me­di­ate med­i­cal care.

An Air Sta­tion Bar­bers Point MH-65 Dol­phin he­li­copter crew flew out to the 82-foot Pa­cific Star to pick up the man and bring him to Maui. An HC-130 Her­cules crew ac­com­pa­nied the res­cue he­li­copter to pro­vide com­mu­ni­ca­tions, of­fi­cials said.

The weather re­ported at the time of the res­cue was 16 mph winds and 8-foot seas.

The crew of a Green Peace ves­sel, the Arc­tic Sun­rise, was 35 miles away from the fish­ing ves­sel and di­verted to ren­der as­sis­tance be­cause a para­medic was aboard.

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