Coast Guard aids snorkeler

A 69-year-old man snorkeling off Molokini Crater was taken ashore by a Coast Guard vessel Tuesday after complaining about pain in both arms.

At 9:25 a.m., Coast Guard Station Maui received a request for assistance from the 53-foot passenger vessel Lani Kai. The master of the vessel reported the man experiencing pain in both arms while snorkeling near Molokini Crater, the Coast Guard reported Wednesday.

A Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew along with an American Medical Association paramedic sailed to help. Once on scene, the paramedic assessed the snorkeler’s condition and recommended a medevac, which was concurred with by a Coast Guard duty flight surgeon, the Coast Guard said.

The patient was transferred to the Coast Guard vessel and brought ashore to an awaiting ambulance, which transported him to Maui Memorial Medical Center, the Coast Guard said.

The weather at the time of the rescue was 2-foot seas with light and variable winds, the Coast Guard said.

“We work closely with our emergency service partners to get visitors and waterway users to a higher level of medical care as quickly as possible,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant Hadley, a boatswain’s mate at the station.