Carnival cruise ship passenger airlifted by Coast Guard 180 miles from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Carnival ship was traveling to Greenland at time of medical evacuation

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has airlifted a Carnival cruise passenger to safety after the woman began experiencing health problems while the ship was traveling to Greenland. 

The rescue happened 180 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Labor Day. 

"At 6:35 p.m., First Coast Guard District command center watchstanders received a report from the Carnival Legend that a woman on board the cruise ship was experiencing abdominal pains and had been vomiting throughout the day. The vessel was in route to Greenland from Cape Cod," the Coast Guard said in a statement. 

"A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a HH-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew were launched to assist," it added. 

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U.S. Coast Guard rescues Carnival cruise passenger

The Carnival Legend is seen from the sky on Labor Day as the Coast Guard carried out the passenger rescue. (U.S. Coast Guard)

Around 10:30 p.m. Monday, the Coast Guard arrived at the ship’s location and "safely hoisted patient and the cruise ship nurse at around 11 p.m.," officials said. 

The patient was later transferred to "emergency medical services" around midnight after the helicopter arrived back on land. 

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Carnival Cruise Line did not immediately respond to a request for comment from FOX Business. 

Coast Guard airlift from Carnival Legend cruise ship seen in video

The Coast Guard airlifted a passenger aboard the Carnival Legend around 180 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Monday, Sept. 4, 2023. (U.S. Coast Guard District 1 / Fox News)

In December, a person died on board the Carnival Legend cruise ship. 

Carnival Cruise Line, in a statement to FOX Business at the time, said it was "sad to share that we had an incident."  

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Carnival Legend cruise ship at night in Atlantic Ocean

The passenger was taken off the Carnival Legend ship around 11 p.m. on Monday, the Coast Guard says. (U.S. Coast Guard)

"While there was a man overboard call, there was not an overboard incident. We are supporting the guest’s family and others who witnessed the situation," a spokesman said.  

"With respect for the privacy of all involved, we will not say any more, but ask that you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers," the spokesman added.  

A source on board the ship told the website Crew Center that the man fell off a balcony and hit a lifeboat shortly after midnight.  

Carnival Legend cruise ship in Portugal

The Carnival Legend is seen docked in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 18, 2013. A person died onboard the ship in December 2022, FOX Business previously reported. (Mario Proenca/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

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The ship had left Baltimore for an eight-day Christmas-themed journey with two stops in the Bahamas and one in Turks and Caicos.