Fisherman bitten by shark off Kiribati, transported to Oahu for treatment

Published On: Dec 16 2013 03:14:51 PM HST
HONOLULU -

A fisherman who was bitten by a shark while untangling a fishing net is now recovering on Oahu after a long range medevac conducted by the Coast Guard.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the 35-year-old Portuguese national was working on the U.S. flagged vessel "Friesland" when he jumped in the water to untangle a fishing net about 740 miles southeast of Tarawa Atoll in the Republic of Kiribati.

While in the water he was bitten by a shark, suffering a severe injury to his arm.  

Coast Guard surgeons told the crew to apply a tourniquet and treat the fisherman for shock while they traveled to rescue him. An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew was launched from Air Station Barbers Point Sunday with a six member surgical team from the Kalawao Rescue crew.

The team flew 2.386 miles to Tarawa where the patient had been brought ashore. They brought with them 10 units of blood, medical supplies and medications to continue treatment while he was transported to Oahu.

He remains at Air Station Barbers Point in stable condition.

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