NEWS | May 2, 2019

Coast Guard Medevacs Diver from Kauai to Oahu

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The Coast Guard successfully medevaced a 40-year-old Japanese national from a dive boat 20-miles west of Kauai, Tuesday.

"Our trained crews and hoist-capable aircraft are vital to ensuring people reach a higher level of medical care quickly," said Brock Blaisdell, command duty officer, Sector Honolulu. "Our aircrews worked effectively with the dive boat crew to conduct the hoist, and by transferring the woman to the C-130, we were able to get her to medical care on Oahu even faster.”

An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew hoisted the woman from the vessel and transported her to Barking Sands Airport on Kauai where a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing airplane crew was standing by to bring her quickly to Oahu where EMS was waiting to take her to receive higher medical care.

At 11:15 a.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received notification from the captain of the dive boat, requesting a medevac and reporting the woman was experiencing dive-related injuries.

The weather at the time of the case was reportedly winds of about 15 mph and seas of about 6 feet.