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Strong winds cause new headache for Carnival Triumph

Updated 5 p.m.

In an updated statement Carnival said: "We can confirm that all crew members and contractors who were working aboard Carnival Triumph have been accounted for.  Additionally, we’re hearing reports of wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour."

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Rough winds have caused another headache for the Carnival Triumph.

The vessel broke free from its berth at a Mobile, Ala. shipyard Wednesday afternoon where it was undergoing repairs and upgrades after an engine fire in February left it disabled, stranding thousands of passengers and crew at sea.

"Due to strong winds in Mobile, Ala., Carnival Triumph, which was docked at a Mobile shipyard, broke away from its moorings," a spokesman for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines said in a email statement Wednesday. "The ship drifted and is currently resting against a cargo vessel.  Tug boats and the U.S. Coast Guard are on site."

A spokeswoman at the Alabama State Port Authority confirmed Wednesday that the port area had received "pretty wicked" winds of possibly 70 to 80 miles per hour, just after lunch, which caused the Triumph to break free.

"It entered the river and is on the west bank of the Mobile river. It's secured by a harbor tug boat," said Judith Adams, the port authority's vice president of marketing.

Adams said she'd heard that an alert had been issued of a possible person in the water, but could not confirm if that was accurate.

According to the official Twitter feed of the Mobile Fire-Rescue, one person has been recovered from the water, but another is still missing after the wind blew a guard shack into the water.

"Cruise ship had nothing to do with the incident," the @MobileFRD post said.

Given that the Triumph is now in the harbor, the responsibility lies with the U.S. Coast Guard to pilot the boat back to the BAE Shipyard where it broke loose, according to Adams.

A call seeking comment from the U.S. Coast Guard Mobile sector was not immediately returned Wednesday.

 

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