A Carnival Cruise Line ship, the Carnival Triumph, experience an engine fire early today while in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Carnival Triumph was off the Yucatan Peninsula, heading back to Galveston, Texas, when the fire occurred Sunday morning… The ship’s automatic fire extinguishing system kicked in and soon contained the blaze, and no injuries were reported.
The fire still left the ship with 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members without propulsion, drifting about 140 miles off the Mexican coast, the cruise line said.
Reports indicate that no cruise ship passengers or crew members were injured in the fire.
Accidents involving fires aboard cruise ships are one of the most potentially dangerous hazards faced by the cruise lines and their crew. Fortunately this incident did not result in a fire that got out of hand and reached other areas of the ship.
The cruise ship will be towed to port. U.S. Coast Guard and other Carnival vessels arrived on scene to provide support.
For information regarding questions about fire incidents and passenger safety, please contact Waks and Barnett at 800-905-2891.