Crippled Carnival Cruise Ship Headed to Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- The Coast Guard says a second tug boat has reached a disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico and is helping tow it to Mobile, Alabama.
More than 3,000 passengers and a crew of more than 1,000 aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Triumph have had limited services since a fire in an engine room Sunday. The original plan was to tow it to Progreso, Mexico, but currents pushed it north.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm in Houston says the ship was about 270 miles south of Mobile as of Tuesday morning. It is expected to arrive there Thursday.
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 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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