Coast Guard rescues woman from cruise ship Norwegian Epic 260 miles south of Tampa

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued an 86-year-old woman, who was suffering from medical issues while aboard a cruise ship approximately 260 miles south of Tampa, Saturday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Seventh District’s command center received notification from a crewmember aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Epic, concerning a passenger who suffered a medical illness while transiting the Gulf of Mexico.

Watchstanders launched an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.

When the helicopter arrived on scene, the aircrew lowered their rescue swimmer, hoisted the woman and transported her to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for further care.

“I just wanted to send a quick note and personally thank the Coast Guard for the excellent service and cooperation given to us when we needed to evacuate one of our sailing guests,” said Frank Juliussen, captain of the Norwegian Epic. “Your team did an excellent operation and we are very happy for the professionalism shown to us by the Coast Guard.”

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