A sick crew member of the Celebrity Infinity cruise ship was brought to Merry Pier in St. Pete Beach for a medical evacuation on Thursday, the Coast Guard confirmed.
The person is not a COVID-19 patient, a spokesperson with Pinellas County said in a statement.
“Ambulance crew responded in full personal protective gear, as this is a practice that has been adopted due to the heightened COVID-19 situation to protect first responders,” the spokesperson added.
USA Today reported on Friday that a crew member on the same ship had died. There are no guests currently on the ship. Jonathon Fishman, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity’s parent company, confirmed the death in an email to the Times.
Fishman did not answer questions about whether either of the crew members had tested positive for coronavirus and how many people were still on the ship.
The coast guard flight surgeon had approved the person be brought in for a medical evacuation, a Coast Guard spokesperson said. A local ambulance met them at the pier and transported them to a hospital. The spokesperson could not say which hospital.
A public Facebook post shared hundreds of times on Saturday morning showed photos of the Thursday evacuation.
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