A California visitor is reported as stable and improving after a fall Wednesday at Twin Falls on Maui’s north shore.
Maui fire and rescue teams Engine 2, Air-1 and Rescue 10 were dispatched to a mountain rescue call around 12:30 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving. An area resident met arriving crews and explained that the fall had taken place along the trail above the fourth waterfall.
Engine-2 personnel took medical equipment with the stokes basket and began the hike in to the victim.They located the patient and began medical assistance. The male, 57 years of age, fell from a standing position on the uneven trail. He was complaining of lower back and hip pain. Engine-2 crews packaged the patient and secured him to a long backboard. The patient was secured into the stokes basket and carried to a clearing in the canopy large enough to call in Air-1 and airlift the man.
Air-1 with one rescueman flew in to airlift the patient back to the landing zone. Once the patient was safely at the secured landing zone, Medic 2 took over patient care and the male was loaded into the ambulance for transport. The male, a visitor from Saratoga, California was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.
A woman visiting from France took a fall on the Pipiwai Trail in the Bamboo Forest Sunday, injuring her left ankle. The 56 year-old woman suffered a possible ankle sprain about 1.5 miles into the trail.
Maui Fire Department Engine 7, Utility 7 and Air-1 responded. Hana firefighters with the assistance of a park ranger were able to make access to the victim. She had a possible left ankle sprain and was unable to walk out. The patient had to be carried out about a quarter mile to a park service road. From there she was transported by four wheel drive vehicle to the National park’s base yard where she was examined and treated by Hana medics.
HONOLULU – Two sailors are safe and receiving medical care after a late night injury off Kauai prompted a call for help to the Coast Guard Tuesday night. This is the second dramatic ocean rescue off Kaua’i in the last three days.
At 8:06 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a distress call on VHF Channel 16 from an individual aboard a 50-foot sailing vessel eight miles southwest of Port Allen, Kauai.
The master of the sailing vessel Morning Star was struck in the head by the boom and was unable to operate the vessel. The passenger aboard was suffering from seasickness, unfamiliar with operating the vessel and unable to safely navigate to shore. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched from Station Kauai to locate and provide assistance. The crew arrived on scene at 10:30 p.m., assessed the condition of the crewmembers and safely took the vessel in tow.
Both crewmembers were safely transported to awaiting EMS upon arrival in Port Allen.
“Preparation played a key role in the resolution of this case,” said command duty officer Lt. j.g. Chris Sena. “The vessel had all of the proper safety equipment aboard and, as a result, they were able to request help via Channel 16 which led to our ability to get to them quickly before the situation escalated.”
The rescue follows another ocean drama off Kaua’i that happened Sunday. A boat that capsized Sunday night off Kauai, forcing its owner, his son and an injured guest to swim to shore, has been recovered.
The Garden Island reports the 19-foot boat belonging to Zack Romanak was dragged onto a beach at Kekaha and lifted by crane onto his trailer. Romanak, his 10-year-old son Noah, and guest Brad Warren were trying to reach Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor when a large wave struck the stern and threw them into the ocean.
Warren’s prosthetic hip and leg broke. After continuing to get pounded by waves, they managed to swim a half hour to shore.
Maritime accidents can occur quickly and without warning to even the most experienced mariners. For this reason all mariners should ensure they have appropriate, functioning safety equipment aboard and know how to use it. For more information on recommended safety equipment visit www.uscgboating.org.
Contact your nearest Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla to schedule a courtesy Vessel Safety Check or for more information, mariners can visit http://www.cgaux.org/vsc/.
A woman visiting from Wisconsin found out it can get cold on Maui. She became the subject of a successful search and rescue late Wednesday. At 5:24 p.m., Wailuku firefighters responded to Iao Valley for a reported hiker feeling very cold and exhausted. Crews arrived at Kepaniwai Park and hiked about a quarter-mile into a trail that was next to the stream where they met the hiker.
Fire personnel attempted to walk the 26 year-old female visitor from Wisconsin down the trail but ended up carrying her the last 50 yards back to the road. Medics on scene assessed the hiker but did not transport her. She was released back to her family.
A visitor is in stable condition tonight after succumbing to altitude issues while she was hiking inside Haleakala Crater today. At 3:49 p.m., Maui Fire and rescue crews from Kula and Kahului were mile above the crater floor and approximately three miles from the trail head.
MFD Rescue 10 responded via Air-1 and, flying into the crater to airlift the patient. The patient was airlifted to a landing zone secured by Engine-13 personnel at Hosmers Grove. The 51 year old female visitor was transported by American Medical Response to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.
APRA HARBOR, Guam — A man and a young boy are safe after their 14-foot skiff was swept out to sea near an atoll in the South Pacific Sunday.
At 9:41 a.m. Monday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Guam Command Center received a report from Pan-Pacific Education and Communication Experiments by Satellite of a skiff that had been swept out to sea due to high tide and poor weather near Namoluk Atoll, Chuuk. They reportedly had paddles, no motor and minimal food aboard the vessel.
Sector Guam made notifications to Federated States of Micronesia Maritime Surveillance Advisor, FSM National Search and Rescue Coordinator, Chuuk Search and Rescue Liaison, U.S. Embassy in Pohnpei and the 14th Coast Guard District Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu.
Sector Guam identified and diverted two Automated-Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System vessels in the area.
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu and a Navy P-8A Poseidon fixed-wing aircraft from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, were also launched to assist in the search.
The Ocean Pegasus, a 656-foot freight ship, and the 575-foot freight ship Verdant Island responded to the call for help and diverted at the request of the Coast Guard to assist in the search.
Tuesday morning the Ocean Pegasus located and safely rescued the 44-year-old man and nine-year-old boy. They remain aboard the Ocean Pagasus.
AMVER, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.
The 14th Coast Guard District encompasses an area of 12.2 million square miles of the Central and South Pacific. Coast Guard aircraft based in Hawaii frequently travel thousands of miles in response to search and rescue and other calls for assistance. The Hercules is scheduled to be replaced by the HC-130J, which will bring increased capabilities to Coast Guard response across the Pacific.
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