ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A cruise shift adrift in Mexico will be towed. The Carnival cruise ship Triumph suffered a fire Sunday in its engine room. Now the cruise ship is adrift north of Merida, Mexico. Officials tell news that they will tow the ship in the coming hours.
In a news statement Monday, the US Coast Guard confirmed that they aiding the cruise ship adrift in Mexico waters with supplies. “The Coast Guard is maintaining communication with a cruise ship that has lost main propulsion and is dead in the water approximately 136 miles north of Merida, Mexico Sunday.” The trouble erupted from a fire, officials tell news. “The Carnival cruise ship Triumph reported a fire in the aft engine room. Cruise ship personnel isolated and extinguished the engine room fire. No injuries have been reported.”
The ship has reportedly enough supplies on board currently. “The ship is operating on emergency power and is receiving supplies from another cruise ship on scene. Tug boats have been dispatched to assist the disabled ship.” Currently more help is on the way Monday morning. “The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous has been diverted to provide assistance if needed and is scheduled to arrive early Monday morning.” Family members of passengers have a help line set up by the Carnival. “Carnival Cruise Lines has established a customer service number at 1-888-290-5095 for more information”.
Carnival Elation is on its way to replace the Triumph. Additionally arriving is a tugboat. That tug will tow the Triumph to Progreso, Mexico. Passengers will arrive in Progresso Wednesday, then fly to the U.S. thereafter. All passengers are being given a full refund plus credit for a future ship, reps tell news.