Cruise Ship Adrift: Engine Fire Left 4,200 Stranded In Gulf Of Mexico [VIDEO]
The Carnival Triumph cruise ship was 150 miles off the southern Mexico Yucatan peninsula Sunday when a fire erupted in the engine room, causing the vessel to lose propulsion. Thankfully, the fire was quickly put out by the ship's automatic fire extinguishing system, containing the blaze without causing any reported injuries to the passengers aboard the ocean liner.
The 893 feet-long Carnival Triumph set sail from Galveston, Texas, on Thursday, and was supposedly due back on Monday Feb. 11. Now left adrift in the middle of the Gulf, secondary generators on the Carnival Triumph are providing electricity and the ship is still carrying ample food and water for all 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members. What's more, a sister ship, the Carnival Elation, transferred more food and beverages Sunday night to assist the stranded Triumph.
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Following the incident, the U.S. Coast Guard were immediately notified while the ship's technical crew worked to assess the damage.
"The ship's technical crew has determined the vessel will need to be towed to port," Carnival said around 7:30 p.m., ET, Sunday. "A tugboat is en route to the ship's location and will tow the vessel to Progreso, Mexico, which is the closest port."
The U.S. Coast Guard sent its multi-mission cutter, the Vigorous, to aid the drifting Carnival Triumph. Cutter Vigorous is expected to reach the Carnival Triumph Monday. In addition, Astevia Gonzalez of the Carnival Cruises support team also said the ship is expected to be towed back to port by Wednesday.
Once the Triumph reaches Progreso, passengers will then be flown back to the United States at no extra charge, announced the cruise line. Passengers will also receive a full refund and a credit that may be used toward a future trip. Passengers will also receive reimbursement for all expenses on the trip, except from casino games or gift shop purchases.
The Carnival Triumph's next two voyages, which were scheduled to start next week, have been cancelled.
The vessel's next two departures, scheduled for Monday and Saturday, have been canceled. Those slated to be on those trips will get full refunds and discounts toward future cruises, the cruise line said.
The Carnival Triumph's incident on Sunday occurred only weeks after the anniversary of the Costa Concordia disaster, when the 114,500 tonne luxury cruise ship capsized and sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January. There were 32 people killed on the ship.
Be sure to watch the video below to learn more about the Carnival Triumph's engine room fire.
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