Coast Guard crews diverted from training exercises to conduct rescues off Maui on Sunday.
A Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew medevaced a snorkeler suffering from a medical emergency at Molokini Crater.
“Our crews are always ready for any event they may need to respond to,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Beasley, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. “The boat crew happened to be training in the area when the call came in and was able to respond even more quickly. It is in such situations their training pays off.”
The RB-M crew was able to transfer the snorkeler and bring him to awaiting Maui County emergency responders at Kihei boat ramp. He was reportedly conscious and breathing.
At 9:55 a.m., Station Maui watchstanders received a call from the captain of the vessel Pride of Maui regarding a 69-year-old passenger who was suffering symptoms of a stroke. The RB-M crew was conducting training in the area and diverted to render assistance.
Once on scene, the RB-M crew transferred the snorkeler from the Pride of Maui and brought him to awaiting emergency services.
The weather at the time was isolated showers with winds of 19 mph and seas up to 4 feet.