Carnival cruise ship floats in Gulf of Mexico after engine fire, will be towed
February 11th, 2013
01:24 AM ET

Carnival cruise ship floats in Gulf of Mexico after engine fire, will be towed

A Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico with more than 4,200 passengers and crew will be towed to port after a weekend engine fire left it dead in the water, a cruise line official said.

A cutter is expected to arrive on the scene Monday morning to assist, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Carnival Triumph was in waters off the Yucatan Peninsula, heading back to Galveston, Texas, when the fire occurred Sunday morning, said Astevia Gonzalez from the Carnival Cruises family support team. The ship's automatic fire extinguishing system kicked in and soon contained the blaze, and no injuries were reported.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Tell me none of you would have been perturbed? when they sent another ship along side this ship to give food, but not another ship to to get you off this disgusting floating sh!t hole.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. christy

    I don't know how these cruise people get away with this. Surely someone could have found a way to evacuate these people from these dangerously unsanitary conditions.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. connie

    I totally agree with scottish mama and christy. It seems to me if they would have unloaded these poor people a few hundred at a time, it would have been so much easier for the transition instead of thousands of wiery tired dirty passengers dissembarking and checking into hotels and transportation all at once. I, for one will never cruise again.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jc,hobe sound,fl

    Hey janet shamlian. Theres no way they will want to bring the ship in during daylight hours,so everything can be watched.also,when is high tide there?? I doubt they can get it into port w/o its own power. P.s.,,,your beautifull!!!!

    February 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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