Coast Guard aircrew hoists ill cruise ship Carnival Fantasy passenger

d7TLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., medically evacuated a 67-year-old woman from the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy 80 miles east of Ponce De Leon Inlet, Fla., Friday evening.

Staff aboard the Fantasy requested a Coast Guard medevac and consulted with a Coast Guard flight surgeon, who recommended the woman be transferred immediately to a hospital since she was experiencing life-threatening symptoms consistent with previous medical complications.

The Clearwater aircrew hoisted the woman off the cruise ship and transferred her, her husband and a nurse to UF Health Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla.

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  1. Jason says:

    I was on the cruise ship and witnessed the rescue. It was amazing, with high winds, no light and no place to land. My hats off to the brave men and women of the US Coast Guard for a job well done. I pray the woman has a speedy recovery.

  2. Michael Sealy says:

    I was on the Fantasy and watched this rescue Friday night. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have seen these rescues at on sea from a cruise ship. That was super piloting skills by the flight crew. Anybody that can hover a helo for 20 minutes near a moving cruise ship is one hell of a pilot. Great job once again folks.
    I do have a question for you though. I am retired Army and I know you use night vision to fly. My question is do people flashing cameras or lights photographing you flying at night , cause problems with the NVG’s? Thanks