Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship passenger off Carnival Liberty

KEY WEST, Fla. – Coast Guard medevaced a 76-year-old Philadelphia native from the cruise ship Carnival Liberty Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Key West received a call at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday from the Carnival Liberty requesting assistance with an ill passenger while en route from Mexico to Miami. The Carnival Liberty, 260 miles southwest of Key West, stated a person aboard was possibly suffering from cardiac arrest and needed medical assistance.

The Coast Guard consulted their flight surgeon in Miami who recommended the patient be transferred off the cruise ship.

The Coast Guard small boat met the Carnival Liberty about 20 miles south of Key West, took the patient and his wife aboard the small boat, and then headed back to Station Key West where local EMS further transferred him to the Lower Keys Medical Center.

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