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Tuesday
Nov092010

First Tugboat, Supplies Reach Stranded Cruise Ship

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Navy(ENSENADA, Mexico) – One of two tugboats headed for the stranded cruise ship off of the coast of Mexico Tuesday has reached its destination and will await the arrival of another before the vessel can be pulled to shore.

Food and supplies have also begun to reach the Carnival Splendor, which was left stranded on its way to Mexico from Long Beach, California, after a fire broke out in an engine room Monday, leaving the ship without power.

The cruise ship has been running on auxiliary generators, but engineers have not been able to restore additional power, leaving 3,299 guests and 1,167 crew members onboard without telephones, flushing toilets, air conditioning and hot-food service. 

The U.S. Navy dispatched the USS Ronald Reagan at the request of the Coast Guard to transport 50-thousand tons of food that was provided by Carnival.

The ship is stranded off Mexico’s coast, approximately 150 miles south of San Diego.  Once hooked, the cruise ship will be towed to San Diego where it is expected to arrive late Thursday.

Carnival is also in the process of making any hotel and flight arrangements necessary for their guests.

Coast Guard officials aboard the Splendor tell ABC News that all passengers appear to be fine, despite three who suffered panic attacks on Monday.

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