published Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Coast Guard ready to help cruise ship passengers

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    In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 11, 2013, the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013. The Carnival Triumph has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room early Sunday, knocking out the ship's propulsion system. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MOBILE, Ala. — A Coast Guard official says rescuers and helicopters based on Alabama’s coast will be ready to respond if any medical issues arise among the 4,500 people aboard a disabled cruise ship.

Carnival Cruise Lines said its beleaguered cruise ship Triumph is now bound for Alabama’s coast after a weekend engine fire left it drifting in the Gulf of Mexico. The cruise line’s CEO said the ship was expected to arrive in Mobile Thursday.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm said Tuesday morning there are no plans to use aircraft from the Coast Guard’s Mobile-based fleet unless someone gets hurt, but rescuers are prepared to respond if asked.

No serious injuries have been reported, though passengers have reported unsanitary conditions and said people were getting sick and throwing up.

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