KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Coast Guard and Navy aircrews rescued a 58-year-old mariner from a 45-foot sailing vessel 'Second Chance' 184 miles north of Oahu on Sunday after he became severely ill.
The Coast Guard received the call early Thursday morning of a mariner who was suffering from extreme seasickness and is diabetic with a heart condition.
The Second Chance crew communicated with a Coast Guard duty flight surgeon who recommended that they monitor the mariner's condition and close the distance between them and Coast Guard crews.
When it was determined that the vessel was close enough, a Navy helicopter crew deployed from Kaneohe Bay.
Upon arrival, the helicopter crew's rescue swimmer was deployed to attempt to hoist the ill mariner from the deck of the Second Chance. However, strong winds and high surf made the hoist impossible to do safely.
Instead, the rescue swimmer was able to swim the mariner to an awaiting rescue basket a few hundred yards from the Second Chance. Both the rescue swimmer and the mariner were recovered and was taken back to Kaneohe Bay.
The sailor was then transferred in stable condition to awaiting emergency medical personnel to be transported to Castle Medical Center for treatment.