The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 76-year-old man from a cruise ship 80 miles north of Oahu Tuesday.
Personnel aboard the cruise ship Carnival Miracle contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu at 4:21 p.m. Sunday regarding medical assistance for an ailing passenger.
The ship’s onboard doctor was treating the elderly man for internal bleeding.
Due to the worsening state of his condition, an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was launched at 4:07 a.m. Tuesday to airdrop 10 critical units of blood.
The aircrew successfully dropped the blood received from Tripler Army Medical Center via parachute to medical personnel aboard the Carnival Miracle.
But as the ship continued to its next port of call in Nawiliwili, Kauai, the patient’s condition continued to worsen and the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point safely hoisted the man at 9 p.m. and transferred him to awaiting Emergency Medical Services at Honolulu International Airport. The patient was admitted to Queens Medical Center at 10:14 p.m.
The ship had originally departed Vancouver, British Columbia.
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.
Watch video of the air drop below: