Carnival Ship Overboard Incident: Dock Worker Still Missing

Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 08:32 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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The Coast Guard is still searching for a missing man after high winds blew his security shack into the Mobile River on Wednesday and caused the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ship that was docked there to break loose.

Officials said two men were reportedly stationed in a security guard hut at the BAE shipyard Wednesday afternoon when hurricane-force winds with gusts up to 70 mph blasted the Gulf Coast city of Mobile, Ala., knocking the shack into the river. One man was recovered, but the other is still missing.

The Carnival Triumph, which was undergoing repairs at the shipyard, was secured at the Alabama Cruise Terminal several hours later, but the Coast Guard said tugboats would remain on hand as a precaution. No workers or members of the crew were reported injured or missing.

The Triumph sustained a scrape on its side when it bumped into the dock, according to NBC News.

The Carnival ship has been at the repair yard since an engine fire in February left it dead in the water in the Gulf of Mexico. More than 4,200 people were stranded on board amidst miserable conditions as the ship's sanitary and sewage systems backed up.

The cruise line canceled 10 Triumph sailings so the ship can be fixed. It's scheduled to return to service June 3.

"The cruise line is making significant investments to enhance the level of operating redundancies and the scope of hotel services that can run on emergency power, and further improve each ship's fire prevention, detection, and suppression systems," the cruise line said in a statement last month. "Given the necessary lead time to source needed materials and implement the enhancements, Carnival will extend the current out-of-service period."

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