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First Of Two Tugboats Reaches Cruise Ship

By CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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File footage of a Carnival cruise ship
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The first of two tugboats has made way to stranded passengers on a Carnival cruise ship.

Instead of taking the ship to Mexico, the stranded cruise ship will now be taken to Mobile, Alabama; two tugboats will now be apart of rescue efforts.

The Carnival Triumph has been floating about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the engine room early Sunday; as a result of the fire, the blaze knocked out the ship’s propulsion system.

Stranded passengers reported deteriorating conditions including having to relieve themselves in showers and sewage was reported to be on the walls.

One of the tugboats arrived Monday afternoon with the second scheduled to arrive Tuesday to tug the ship to Mobile. The stranded passengers should arrive in Alabama toward the end of the week.

The ship has drifted about 90 miles north due to strong currents, placing it nearly equal distance to either Progreso or Mobile. Carnival says it is easier to head north to Mobile. The Carnival Cruise Line has apologized to passengers and additional reports indicate that they will receive full refunds for the botched trip.

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