Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship passenger

KEY WEST, Fla.–The Coast Guard received a call Friday at approximately 3 p.m. from the cruise ship, Carnival Conquest, requesting a passenger be airlifted for emergency medical treatment 45 miles southwest of Key West, Fla.

The Coast Guard immediately responded by diverting an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter with a deployed crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

The helicopter arrived on scene at approximately 3:30 p.m. and hoisted the 81-year-old male patient and nurse.

Once safely aboard the helicopter, the crew transported the two people and arrived at about 4:50 p.m. at Lower Keys Medical Center.

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