Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue members carefully guided a basket holding a sick Harmony of the Seas crew member off the ship and into a waiting fire boat, video shows.
The water rescue happened just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday several miles from Port Everglades.
According to the department, a call came requesting assistance for a sick crew member.
The 33-year-old was “suffering from appendicitis and was in urgent need of medical assistance” the department said.
The video shows rescuers fighting rough seas to steady the boat and lower the basket from the ship.
Amid concerns over the coronavirus, cruise ships have stopped sailing. Many are stationed at their home port with crew members still aboard.
The crew member was taken back to the port where he was put in a rescue truck and brought to Broward Health Fort Lauderdale for treatment.