The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an ill 65-year-old woman from the Carnival Paradise early this morning.
The Carnival cruise ship was approximately 70 miles west of Boca Grande, Florida.
According to the Coast Guard, the master of the cruise ship notified the Coast Guard station in St. Petersburg, around 10:46 p.m. last night, that the passenger needed medical assistance due to chest pains. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended that the passenger be medically evacuated from he ship.
At approximately 1 a.m. this morning, a Coast Guard helicopter, a MH 60 Jayhawk, lifted the passenger and a cruise ship nurse aboard and transported them to Tampa General Hospital.
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