Cruise ship adrift: Carnival Triumph ship adrift in Gulf of Mexico due to engine fire

By on Feb 11, 2013 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States, World Comments

A cruise ship adrift in Gulf of Mexico after its engine caught fire on Sunday, February 10, 2013. The Carnival Triumph cruise ship, with about 4,200 passengers on-board, reportedly adrift about 140 miles off the Mexican coast.

Cruise ship adrift
Carnival Triumph cruise ship
Credit: Carnival Cruise Lines

Cruise line official Astevia Gonzalez said that “The ship’s technical crew has determined the vessel will need to be towed to port.” The Carnival Triumph passengers were being provided with food and beverages from its sister ship Carnival Elation which is currently in the area. The stalled ship has 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members.

US Coast Guard said that “A tugboat is en route to the ship’s location and will tow the vessel to Progreso, Mexico, which is the closest port.” Cutter Vigorous of the coast guard will be arriving in the area and help tow the ship.

Carnival Triumph is reportedly on its way to Galveston, Texas when the incident occurred.

Support crew revealed that the engine blaze was put off by the ship’s automatic fire extinguishing system.

As of posting, no injuries were reported. Officials estimate that the ship will be in port by Wednesday, February 13.

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