Cruise Ship Passenger Airlifted to Hospital

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(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.

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