Coast Guard Miami Medevac’s South African Boy from Cruise Ship

MIAMI – A rescue crew from Air Station Miami medevaced a nine year-old boy from Royal Caribbeans cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas 40 miles south of Key West, Fla., after severing a finger Saturday.

Search and rescue coordinators from the Seventh Coast Guard District command center in Miami were notified by the captain of the cruise ship around 2 p.m. The Coast Guard flight surgeon and the medical staff on the cruise ship determine that hoisting the boy to a hospital was the best option available.

A Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Miami was launched about 3:30 p.m. and arrived at the cruise ship about 5 p.m. The helicopter landed on the cruise ship and transferred the boy and his father onto the helicopter. The boy and his father were immediately flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and arrived about 6:15 p.m.

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