Crews from the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater rescued a 66-year-old man suffering a medical emergency onboard the Carnival Cruise Ship Paradise on Wednesday.
The ship was approximately 180 miles southwest of Marco Island.
When the helicopter crew arrived, they lowered their rescue swimmer, hoisted the man and transported him to Tampa General Hospital for further care. According to an email from Carnival, the man later passed away.
View the rescue in the video player.
"Offshore hoists can be particularly dangerous and challenging," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Arietta, search and rescue controller at the sector.
A passenger on the ship at the time of the emergency sent ABC Action News video of the rescue.
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