Posted on October 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) successfully medevaced a seafarer from the Norwegian Oil Tanker, LEIKANGER after the crewman fell inexplicably ill.
The incident occurred on October the 18th while the Tanker was transiting off Midway Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
The Tanker had originally contacted the Rescue Coordination Center Stavanger in Norway, reporting that the seafarer was experiencing a medical emergency, as he was suffering from severe pain and numbness in his lower abdomen.
The RCC Stavanger, in turn, contacted the JRCC Honolulu Watchstanders who dispatched a Hercules HC-130J SAR aeroplane to medevac the distressed seafarer.
At the time, the vessel had been transiting some 667 nautical miles north of Midway. Upon consultation with the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon, the tanker changed routes and headed for Midway at full speed.
Having arrived at the island in the afternoon of October the 20th, they transferred the seafarer ashore onboard a small rescue boat.
The Hercules aircraft arrived at Midway with a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) at approximately 2300 hours and transferred the seafarer to Air Station Barbers Point, where an ambulance had been waiting for him.
Image Courtesy of USCG