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Coast Guard flies two sick Japanese fishermen to Honolulu for treatment

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:56 p.m. HST, Oct 28, 2010


The Coast Guard flew two sick Japanese fishermen to Honolulu from Midway Island yesterday.

The fishermen, both 19, were aboard a Japanese-flagged fishing boat, the Shonan Maru, which was 900 miles west of Oahu when the Coast Guard received the call 5:45 p.m. Sunday from the Transmarine Navigation Agency Honolulu.

Rescue coordinators contacted the boat captain at midnight Monday and relayed the condition of the patients to a Coast Guard flight surgeon, and the boat captain was instructed to divert to Midway.

The Coast Guard launched a C-130 Hercules plane and picked up the men at 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

The plane arrived at Barbers Point Air Station 11 p.m. yesterday. The men were transferred to a waiting ambulance, which transported them to Kuakini Medical Center.

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