MEXICO CITY (Mon, Feb 11) – Reported by madn3wz
A cruise ship was adrift 150 miles off southern Mexico's Yucatan peninsula on Sunday after a fire broke out in engine room. The cruise line was carrying 3,143 guests and 1,086 crew members; but no one got injured, according to initial information.
|Lucky Escape for Carnival Triumph: Cruise Ship Adrift Following Engine Room Fire|
According to available details; the Carnival Triumph, owned by Carnival Corp under its Carnival Cruise Lines brand, was heading back to Galveston, Texas, when the engine got fire Sunday morning, said Astevia Gonzalez from the Carnival Cruises family support team. The cruise ship's automatic fire extinguishing system kicked in and soon contained the flames, and no injuries were reported.
The company said the U.S. Coast Guard had been notified.
"Another Carnival ship, the Carnival Elation, is currently on scene and transferring additional food and beverage provisions to the Carnival Triumph," the statement said.
Tug boats have been sent to support the ship while it is getting supplies from another cruise ship. A Coast Guard ship is also reported on the way to assist if needed.
In the wake of Costa Concordia tragedy in January 2012; it is believed that Carnival Triumph has certainly survived luckily from a disaster which could be as fatal as the Costa Concordia, which killed 32 people. Costa Concordia capsized and sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy. Italian investigators are still probing into the ship owner's potential liability for the shipwreck.
The Carnival Triumph began its journey from Galveston, Texas, on Thursday, and was scheduled to get back on Monday February 11. The company said all the guests would receive a refund and "cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage.''
The vessel's next two trips, scheduled for departure next week, were already postponed , the company added.
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