Photo by Lt. Erik Kumetz
Photo by Lt. Erik Kumetz

HSC-25 conducts MEDEVAC of Chinese Citizen at Sea

Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Public Affairs

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (Nov. 20, 2019) – The Guam-based “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 responded to a civilian in medical distress request aboard a Hong Kong-flagged vessel in the Pacific, Nov 20.

Within three hours of notification by U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam of the distressed mariner, a Chinese national aboard the cargo ship Jin Bo, an HSC-25 search and rescue (SAR) crew led by aircraft commander Lt. Jake McMahon launched from Anderson Air Force Base.

The mariner required immediate transport for life-saving medical services.

"It was an all-around team effort from the entire crew that made this event so successful,” said McMahon. “We wouldn't have been able to execute without our excellent maintainers, crew chief, rescue swimmer, SAR medical technician, flight surgeon and co-pilot. It's an awesome feeling getting to accomplish the squadron's mission with the entire HSC-25 team knowing everyone is ready to execute at a moment’s notice!"

The patient was successfully recovered from the vessel approximately 100 miles northwest of Guam and accompanied by the HSC-25 Flight Surgeon Lt. Erik Kumetz while flown to Guam Memorial Hospital for treatment.

“The medical evacuation of the mariner from the ship’s deck was complex, requiring careful coordination between the pilots and aircrew,” said Kumetz. “I am exceptionally proud of the entire HSC-25 team – from the helicopter crew to all those that help maintain the aircraft – in the safe completion of this rescue at sea.”

The incident was the 20th emergency call to HSC-25 by U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam this year and marks 17 recoveries during search and rescue and medical evacuations (MEDEVAC) in 2019.

"HSC-25 is always ready to execute the mission,” said Cmdr. Chris Carreon, commanding officer, HSC-25. “Whether conducting tactical training, supporting other units, or saving lives with SAR/MEDEVAC, the Island Knight team gets the job done right, every time."

HSC-25 provides a multi-mission rotary wing capability for units in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations and maintains a Guam-based 24-hour search and rescue and medical evacuation capability, directly supporting U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Region Marianas. HSC-25 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed MH-60S expeditionary squadron.

Photo Caption:
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 20, 2019) - Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-25) the “Island Knights” perform a medical evacuation mission at sea from aboard a Hong Kong-flagged vessel for a Chinese national in medical distress in the vicinity of Guam. HSC-25 provided life-saving medical care while transporting the patient to Guam Memorial Hospital. The “Island Knights” provide search-and-rescue, medical evacuation, and multi-mission capabilities to 7th Fleet area of operation.

Subscribe to our Stripes Pacific newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, cultural information, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Pacific
Flipboard: Stars and Stripes Community Sites

Looking to travel while stationed abroad? Check out our other Pacific community sites!
Stripes Japan
Stripes Okinawa
Stripes Korea

Recommended Content