Coast Guard hoists man from cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy 250 miles off Key West

MIAMI — The Coast Guard hoisted a man to safety off a cruise ship 250 miles southwest of Key West, Florida, Thursday.

Coast Guard Seventh District command center watchstanders were notified of a 51-year old man experiencing severe chest pain while aboard the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy. After consulting a Coast Guard flight surgeon, a medevac was recommended.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater launched an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew who arrived on scene, hoisted the man, and safely transported him to Lower Keys Medical Center, Key West, in stable condition.

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