HONOLULU — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 60-year-old woman who was experiencing shortness of breath and weakness on a tour boat in the Molokini Crater near Maui, Hawaii, Tuesday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Maui received a report from a crewmember aboard the Pride of Maui, a snorkeling tour boat, that the female passenger was experiencing shortness of breath and weakness while preparing to conduct a scuba dive.
Crewmembers on the Pride of Maui stabilized the woman and administered oxygen.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Maui was diverted from a training mission to the scene. Once on scene, the woman was transferred onto the RB-M and safely transported to Kihei Boat Ramp in Kihei, Maui where local emergency medical services personnel were waiting to take her to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
The Coast Guard 45-foot RB-M replaced the aging and outdated 41-foot Utility Boat and boasts an improved design, new ergonomics, and enhanced safety features, making boat crews more effective in performing their multiple missions.