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Cruise Ship Passenger Airlifted to Hospital



Carnival_Conquest_2008-10-09(CBS4 – Key West) An 81-year-old cruise ship passenger needing medical attention was transported from a Carnival cruise ship to the hospital thanks to a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on Friday afternoon.

The Carnival Conquest was 45 miles southwest of Key West when the helicopter met the elderly man and his nurse at 3:30 p.m., officials with the U.S. Coast Guard announced in a news release on Saturday.

They were hoisted aboard an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter that had taken off from the Coast Guard Air Station in New Orleans.

The pair arrived at 4:50 p.m. at the Lower Keys Medical Center. The Coast Guard did not say what the man was suffering from.

The Carnival Conquest has a maximum passenger capacity of 2,974 with 1,487 staterooms and 13 decks.

Doug Parker is the producer and host of the Cruise Radio podcast and the daily Cruise Radio News briefs. Tune in where you listen to your favorite podcast.

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