The United States Coast Guard (USCG) rescues one person in critical condition following an apparent stroke aboard a fishing vessel offshore of the Kona Coast on Hawaii Island Tuesday evening (June 8th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) along with the Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) responded to a report of a medical emergency aboard a fishing vessel offshore of the Kona Coast on Hawaii Island Tuesday evening (June 8th).
The initial call came in at 7:55 pm Tuesday evening and USCG MH-65R Dolphin Helicopter from Barber's Point, Oahu responded approximately 82 nautical miles West of the Kona Coast and an HFD Medic from the Kailua Fire Station responded to the Kona International Airport for medical standby.
Upon the arrival of USCG Helicopter, personnel aboard a fishing vessel (name not immediately disclosed) offshore of the Kona Coast, Hawaii Island reported a fisherman (described as a male in his 50s) was not feeling well and had collapsed and suffered symptoms of an apparent stroke while aboard the vessel. Immediately following the collapse, they notified USCG Watch Stand in Honolulu for medical assistance/evacuation and awaited the arrival of the USCG Helicopter.
Once USCG Helicopter arrived at the location of the vessel, they immediately work to stabilize and package the patient to be extricated from the vessel to the USCG Dolphin Helicopter utilizing a rescue hoist. Once aboard the USCG Helicopter, Medics aboard the aircraft continued medical treatment until arriving at the Kona International Airport where an awaiting HFD Medic took over patient care.
Once in the hands of personnel on HFD Medic, they then transported the male patient to the Kona Community Hospital for further medical treatment with his condition listed as critical at the time of transport.
We are awaiting a statement from the USCG for more details on the ship's name and other details related to the rescue.