Clearwater Coast Guard Medevacs Man from Tampa Cruise Ship

TAMPA, Fla. – Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., medevaced an 80-year-old man at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday from the 915-foot cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas, homeported in Tampa.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., received a call from the cruise ship at 4:24 p.m., reporting that passenger, Caesar Reyes, hometown unknown, was suffering from heart-attack-like symptoms.

The Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter arrived on scene at 5:35 p.m., lowered a rescue swimmer to the Grandeur of the Seas, safely hoisted Reyes to the helicopter and transported him to Tampa General Hospital at 6:14 p.m.

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