A Carnival Cruise Line ship was forced to return to the waters of Miami early Sunday morning after a passenger became sick and needed to be rushed to the hospital.
The Carnival Sensation was about 90 miles southeast of Miami just after midnight when crew members notified the Coast Guard of a passenger needing medical attention. Coast Guard officials called Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the ship started its return.
However, sea conditions were too rough for the ship to make it back to Port Miami, so it arrived at Government Cut and met rescue crews there. The passenger, who is from Chile, was taken by boat with two family members to Port Miami where they were eventually taken by ambulance to an area hospital.
No word on the passenger’s condition at this time and the ship returned on its scheduled trip to Jamaica.
Carnival Cruise Line issued a statement saying that the delay will cause another trip later this week to Grand Cayman to be cancelled, providing those who bought tickets with a credit toward a future trip.