The Coast Guard reports that it medically evacuated a 56 year passenger from the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship sixty miles southeast of Jacksonville on Today.

Crew members on board the cruise ship notified the Coast Guard just after 8 AM that a male passenger was experiencing respiratory failure and needed medical attention.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew to the scene.

The helicopter arrived at the location of the Fantasy around 10 AM.  The crew lifted the passenger from the deck, along with his wife and a cruise ship nurse, and transport them to a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.  The passenger is reportedly in stable condition. 

  • Nicholas Huerta

    The man and woman medivac’d from the ship were my father and mother. It breaks my heart to say that later that evening my father passed away. The response team from the Coast Guard did an amazing job at getting my family off that ship and giving father the best chance they possibly could. I would like to thank the members of the Medical team that risked their lives to try and save my dads. If anyone knows of a way that I can reach any of the crew please email me at:

    My time in Florida is limited. I will be leaving to take my father home on or before Tuesday April 31. Please email me with any information.

    Thank you