A 46-year-old Valrico man airlifted from a cruise ship Saturday night is recovering and expected to be home for Christmas, his wife said Thursday.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter evacuated Scott Andrew Spicer about 8 p.m. from a Holland America cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico, 120 miles southwest of St. Petersburg.
He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was in good condition Thursday, said his wife, Diane Spicer.
Earlier news reports said Spicer either fell on board the ship or fell off the ship. Neither was the case, his wife said.
While playing basketball on the ship, she said, her husband apparently suffered an acute tear of his diaphragm, which led to other complications.