NEW ORLEANS -

A Carnival Cruise passenger is recovering  from a medical emergency after the Coast Guard had to transport him to a hospital from the ship 173 miles from Main Pass.

The U.S. Coast Guard said they received a report from the Carnival Dream on Saturday that the ship had a passenger suffering from acute appendicitis and the 36-year-old male passenger was in need of immediate medical attention.

The Coast Guard responded by launching an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Air Station in New Orleans and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama.

The helicopter crew safely hoisted the passenger into the aircraft and flew him to West Jefferson Medical Center for further medical attention.

The passenger was reportedly in stable condition.