U.S. COAST GUARD MEDEVACS CHRISTMAS ISLAND WOMAN TO HONOLULU

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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (October 30, 2000 – U.S. Coast Guard)---A Coast Guard C-130 aircraft from Air Station Barbers Point departed Oahu, Hawai‘i at 3:30 a.m. today to pick up and transport to Honolulu a 25-year old woman from Christmas Island, the Republic of Kiribati.

The woman was experiencing life-threatening pregnancy complications.

Twelve medical personnel and equipment from the 374th Medevac Detachment at Hickam Air Force Base and the Tripler Army Medical Center were embarked on the C-130, which arrived on Christmas Island at approximately 7:20 a.m.

Mechanical problems with that aircraft required the Coast Guard to launch another C-130 from Air Station Barbers Point at 10:30 a.m. with more medical equipment and replacement parts for the first C-130. The second C-130 arrived at Christmas Island at 3:30 p.m., picked up the woman and medical team, and departed at 4:30 p.m. en route to Honolulu.

The Coast Guard C-130 and patient are expected to arrive at Air Station Barbers Point approximately 8:30 p.m. tonight.

The woman will be taken by ambulance to Kapi‘olani Medical Center in Honolulu.

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