MANA — The Pacific Missile Range Facility Crash/Fire department transported an ailing visitor from a Napali Coast tour boat to Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital yesterday afternoon, according to PMRF spokesman Tom Clements.
Clements reported in a press release that the department received a radio call from the tour boat captain requesting assistance with a 57-year-old male visitor who indicated he was having heart problems just after 1 p.m.
According to Clements, the Blue Dolphin Charters-operated Zodiac maneuvered to within 60 feet of shore on the south side of the base fronting Shenanigans Restaurant.
Firefighters from PMRF swam out to the boat, loaded the visitor onto a rescue board, and swam back to the beach, where they utilized a security truck with deflated tires to transport him to the PMRF ambulance waiting just off the sand.
The ambulance then transported the ailing visitor to KVMH, where PMRF firefighters continued to assist in the emergency room.
The individual was eventually transported back to PMRF for air ambulance transport to Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu, Clements said.
The name and condition of the visitor will not be released by PMRF, as per military policy.
A Blue Dolphin Charters manager was unavailable for comment before press time.