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Oahu-based Coast Guard crew drops supplies to far-flung cruise ship

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:39 a.m. HST, Oct 08, 2013


An Oahu-based Coast Guard aircrew flew about 1,036 miles on Sunday to airdrop blood and medical supplies to a cruise ship sailing northeast of the Hawaiian Islands.

Personnel aboard the cruise ship Oosterdam contacted Honolulu's Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu at about 4 a.m. to request medical assistance for a passenger -- a 70-year-old man suffering from internal bleeding. A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended an airdrop of blood, platelets and transfusion equipment.

At about 11:30 a.m., a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point dropped -- by way of parachute -- six units of blood, one pack of platelets and two transfusion kits from Tripler Army Medical Center and the Blood Bank of Hawaii to medical personnel aboard the Oosterdam.

The cruise ship is expected to arrive in Lahaina, Maui tomorrow.

Coast Guard aircraft are equipped to drop lifesaving equipment to individuals in distress. Life rafts, radios, emergency rations and medical supplies are the most common, but flexibility in operations is necessary in order to save lives at sea. For more information, contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.







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HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Nice going USCG!
on October 7,2013 | 01:05PM
serious wrote:
I can't tell you how many gallons of blood I have given---it doesn't hurt and when you hear a story like this--I wonder if I were a part of it. GIVE BLOOD!!!
on October 7,2013 | 02:14PM
Bothrops wrote:
"far flung" means widely dispersed. Do we mean "distant"? Not sure the paper is to blame as it looks like they simply reprinted a press release.
on October 7,2013 | 01:16PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
well done USCG.
on October 7,2013 | 01:30PM
localguy wrote:
Coast Guard comes through again. Way to go!!!!!!!!!!
on October 7,2013 | 01:37PM
cojef wrote:
Unsung heroes of the high seas, USCG. Probably stablized ill passenger enough to receive proper medical treatment upon arrival on Maui. Holland American Cruise Line owned by either of the 2 biggest cruise lines, Carnival or Caribbean.
on October 7,2013 | 02:04PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Well done, whole blood and pheresis donors!
on October 7,2013 | 02:12PM
serious wrote:
Noticed it was from Tripler!!!
on October 7,2013 | 04:28PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Irt serious, yes Tripler and the Blood Bank of Hawaii, on dillingham Blvd.
on October 7,2013 | 08:34PM
MolokaiChuck wrote:
Lets make sure these USCG and other military are PAID!
on October 7,2013 | 10:17PM
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