Coast Guard to help cruise ship passengers after engine mishap
The tugs Resolve Pioneer and Dabhol tow and steer the 893-foot Carnival Triumph cruise ship Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013, in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is enroute to Mobile, Ala., after an engine room fire a few days prior. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard)
The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous began escorting the Carnival Triumph cruise ship Monday night after tugs began towing it toward Mobile, Ala., which is approximately 270 miles north. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard)
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Coast Guard official says rescuers and helicopters based on Alabama's coast will be ready to respond if any medical issues arise among the more than 4,200 people aboard a disabled cruise ship.
Carnival Cruise Lines said its beleaguered cruise ship Triumph is now bound for Alabama's coast after a weekend engine fire left it drifting in the Gulf of Mexico. The cruise line's CEO said the ship was expected to arrive in Mobile Thursday.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm said Tuesday morning there are no plans to use aircraft from the Coast Guard's Mobile-based fleet unless someone gets hurt, but rescuers are prepared to respond if asked.
No serious injuries have been reported, though passengers have reported unsanitary conditions and said people were getting sick and vomiting.
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The following is a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard:
HOUSTON, TX - The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous began escorting the Carnival Triumph cruise ship Monday night after tugs began towing it toward Mobile, Ala., which is approximately 270 miles north.
The Triumph reported a fire in the aft engine room Sunday morning, which was extinguished by the ships fire control system. No injuries were reported
The ship continues to operate on backup generators.
Carnival Cruise Lines has established a customer service number at 1-888-290-5095 for more information.
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