Published on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stricken cruise ship awaits rescue tugs

Passengers aboard a cruise vessel stranded in the Gulf of Mexico have limited access to bathrooms, food and hot drinks as they wait for two tugboats to arrive to tow them to a port in Mexico, Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement.

The Carnival Triumph has been stranded 240km off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in an engine room early on Sunday, immobilising the ship's propulsion system.

No one was injured and the fire was extinguished.

The ship has been operating on backup generator power since the incident, the statement said.

The ship, which left Galveston, Texas, on Thursday and was scheduled to return there on Monday, will instead be towed to Progreso, Mexico, and the 3143 passengers on board will fly back to the United States. They will arrive in Mexico on Wednesday.

There are also 1086 crew members aboard the ship.

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