Woman, 72, medically evacuated from cruise ship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medically evacuated a cruise ship passenger from the Carnival Fantasy about 66 miles east of Fernandina Beach on Monday.

Staff aboard the Fantasy contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center to request a medevac for a 72-year-old woman, reporting she was experiencing severe symptoms related to a previous medical condition.

After consulting with a Coast Guard flight surgeon, a medical evacuation was determined necessary. A helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater launched aboard an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and met the Fantasy at sea at about 10:30 a.m.

Coast Guardsmen safely flew the woman and a nurse from the Fantasy aboard the helicopter then took them to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach.

The woman's name is not being released.

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