An ill passenger aboard the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship 40 miles east of Charleston was taken by the Coast Guard to the Medical University of South Carolina.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center was notified via satellite phone at about 8 p.m. Thursday that a 28-year-old male was suffering a heart condition.

The Coast Guard flight surgeon was briefed of the situation and recommended the patient be medically evacuated.

A helicopter crew arrived at the Fantasy's location at 9:50 p.m. The patient was hoisted aboard and taken to the Medical University where he arrived at at 10:18 p.m., the Coast Guard said.