Coast Guard Medevacs 18-Year-Old From Cruise Ship

Friday, January 05, 2007
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescue crew medically evacuated an 18-year-old male from a cruise ship 250-miles southwest of Clearwater Beach, Fla. Tyler King, fell 20 ft. from the cruise ship's mast to the deck. King landed on his head causing head trauma, a hematoma behind the eye and a broken bone in his face. The Coast Guard received a call from a doctor on board the 739-ft. Carnival cruise ship Fantasy, home ported in Miami, Fla., reporting the male's condition and requesting Coast Guard assistance. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater launched an HH-60 rescue helicopter and a C-130 search plane to assist in the medevac of King. The rescue crews arrived on scene and hoisted King into the rescue helicopter. King was transferred to Tampa General Hospital.

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