Carnival Cruise ship stranded off Mexican coast

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 9, 2010 19:14

SAN DIEGO — A cruise ship stranded offshore with 4,500 passengers and crew must be towed slowly into a Mexican port and will not arrive until at least Wednesday night, the US Coast Guard said Tuesday.

The Carnival Splendor was 200 miles (320 kilometers) south of San Diego when an engine room fire cut its power early Monday, according to a statement from Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines, owned by Micky Arison.

The 3,299 passengers and 1,167 crew members were not hurt and the fire was put out, but the 952-foot (290-meter) ship had no air conditioning, hot water or telephone service. Auxiliary power allowed toilets and cold running water to be restored Monday night.


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