56-year-old man medically evacuated from cruise ship Carnival Fantasy

7th Coast Guard District NewsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 56-year-old man off of the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy, 60-miles southeast of Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville received notification at approximately 8:10 a.m., from crewmembers onboard the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy that a passenger was experiencing respiratory failure and needed medical attention.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew to the scene.

Once on scene at approximately 10 a.m., the helicopter crew was able to safely hoist the man along with his wife and a ship’s nurse and transport them to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was transferred in stable condition.

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  1. Nick A. Huerta says:

    The man and woman medivac’d from the ship were my father and mother. It breaks my heart to say that later that evening my father passed away. The response team from the Coast Guard did an amazing job at getting my family off that ship and giving father the best chance they possibly could. My mother, sister and I would like to thank the members of the Medical team that risked their lives to try and save my dads. I have a brother that serves our country in the navy so love appreciate and respect the work that was done on the morning of April 24th. If anyone knows of a way that I can reach any of the crew please email me at:
    Or call me at 303.521.1688
    My time in Florida is limited. I will be leaving to take my father home on or before Tuesday April 31. Please email or call me with any information.
    Thank you

  2. cgnews says:

    Air Station Savannah contact information has been provided via email