Thursday, July 29, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Coast Guard medevacs ill sailor

HONOLULU- Coast Guard crewmembers aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Barbers Point medevaced a Navy dive team member from Kiritimati (Christmas) Island, Thursday evening after he began suffering from chest pains and respiratory distress.

The Coast Guard command center here received a call for assistance about 8 p.m. Wednesday from the Theater Patient Movement Requirement Center regarding the deteriorating health of the 22-year-old service member.

A Hercules aircrew was launched at 8:30 a.m. Thursday to medevac the sailor from the island about 550 miles south of Oahu. Local Emergency Medical Services transferred the patient to the Hercules at 12:30 p.m.

Medical care was provided by members from the Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team who was aboard the Hercules during the entire transfer.

The patient arrived at Air Station Barbers Point at approximately 5:30 p.m. and was safely transferred to EMS for further treatment at Tripler Army Medical Center Hospital.

The sailor is a member of a Navy dive team deployed to Kiritimati from Kadena, Japan.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Soldiering on!

It has been close to two years since the Island Locator Magazine folded and this writer has moved on to doing other publications.

As there are several followers of the blog from off island who would like to hear more about what's happening on Saipan or in the Northern Marianas, it behooved this writer to revive this blog and expand this to include other publications where this writer's articles and photographs are published.

From time to time, this blog will also include features on people, places, and events that matter to the islanders.

This writer hopes the readers will continue to support the blog and actively take part in making this a forum where we can all freely exchange constructive criticisms and creative ideas.

The blog welcomes comments from the readers who may encounter errors in either grammar or fact.

Please feel free to inquire or suggest. This is our blog.