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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Conditions Worsen Aboard Cruise Ship

In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 11, 2013, a small boat belonging to the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013. (Lt. Cmdr. Paul McConnell/U.S. Coast Guard)

In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 11, 2013, a small boat belonging to the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013. (Lt. Cmdr. Paul McConnell/U.S. Coast Guard)

Conditions are reportedly going from bad to worse aboard a Carnival cruise ship, stranded in the Gulf of Mexico.

About 4,000 passengers and crew have been stuck on the cruise ship since an engine room fire disabled it Saturday.

The ship set out last Thursday from Galveston, Texas, for what was supposed to be a four-day Caribbean cruise.

“She had been asked to use the bathroom in plastic bags.”
– Mary Poret

Since the fire, passengers have reported that power has been limited, food lines are long and the bathrooms are more or less shut down.

Lufkin, Texas, resident Mary Poret says her 15-year-old daughter Rebekah is on the cruise ship with her father.

“My daughter called me Monday, at work, and was just hysterically crying. She was very scared that she might never see me again, because she was afraid that she was in danger,” Poret told Here & Now. “I had a meltdown. I was very scared, I was very angry, I was worried about my daughter, and there was nothing I could do as a parent and as a mother, to help her.”

The first night after the fire, Rebekah and her father slept in the hallway on the floor, said Poret.

“There was no air conditioning or electricity where they were,” she said. “She had been asked to use the bathroom in plastic bags and they were disposing of the plastic bags, and not using the sewage system.”

And from what she understands, conditions have gotten worse since then.

“[Sewage from] the floors up above are seeping into the walls and sloshing in the hallways. And people are getting sick because of the stench. When they move around, they have to cover their mouths because the stench was so bad,” Poret said.

“I said, ‘What have you all eaten?’  He said, ‘Onion sandwiches, because all the food has gone bad.’”
– Kim McKerrighan

Family friend Kim McKerrighan’s 10-year-old daughter and ex-husband are also on the cruise ship.

“I could hear my daughter bawling her eyes out,” McKerrighan said. “Her dad got on the phone with me and he told me that the alarm had gone off, there was a fire in the engine room; they are lucky to be alive, because had it reached the gas, it would have exploded. So when I said, ‘What have you all eaten?’  He said, ‘Onion sandwiches, because all the food has gone bad.’”

The boat is now being towed to shore, and is expected to arrive in Mobile, Alabama on Thursday. Poret and McKerreghan are both in Mobile, Ala. waiting for the ship to arrive.

“We did call Carnival Cruise to find out when the ship might be coming in, and there was no definite answer,” McKerreghan said. “We read on one news report the ship might be coming in today, we read on another news report the ship would arrive on Saturday. All we know is we are going to be here when that ship arrives.”

Carvinal is offering passengers a free flight home, a full refund and a credit for another cruise. Medical personnel are also standing by for any passengers needing treatment when they arrive in Mobile.

Guests:

  • Mary Poret, mother of a passenger on the Carnival Triumph.
  • Kim McKerreghan, mother of a passenger on the Carnival Triumph.

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  • Siia109

    If your old enough to take a cruise – then your to old for “mamma” to fix or insulate you from the wrongs that may happen to you as you travel on this blue marble….including but not limited to mechanical failure aboard a ship. 

    • Kreneeh

      You are so rude. Teenagers are not “too old” to be comforted by a parent when they are frightened. Jerk. 

      • Deelover1

        They are too old. The mothers overreacted. A 10 year old is old enough to understand that there is mechanical problem and things will be different and you have to bare with it. What choice do they have? They were probably crying because they take after their over emotional mother.

  • Guest

    I think the girls were 10 and 14. They were with there fathers…

  • Syvman65

    Really – this is such a non-issue. This is how it is in every refugee camp; these “poor little babies”.  They are with their Dad’s so it is not like they are on their own. Every day I am astounded how entitled some people are and always asume that nothing will ever go wrong. This is life and get on with it. There are people with bigger problem in the world that a “crusie ship” without power for a few days!!

  • Home85516

    Why are these young children on a cruise and not in school?

  • suzie johnson

    These mothers and girls are acting so badly.  These girls are Not being shot…torchered…they will be home soon…Get over it…They should enjoy this adventure with their girlfriend and father.  They didn’t die..The mothers need to get over it…Good grief

  • Deelover1

    After hearing these two women on the radio I just had to come and make a comment. I don’t know which is worst, the crippled cruise ship or these mothers reactions. They were just way over the top and their reaction was uncalled for. At this stage of the incident there was no danger… Inconvenience, but no one on board was in any danger. These women were reacting as if their children were hostages in a terrorist camp.

  • scott s

    Please. This
    is a floating resort gone amuck, not a Syrian refugee camp, not the MS St.
    Louis, & not the Costa Concordia.  4
    days with overflowing toilets, people sleeping outdoors in make shift tents ,
    &  limited food choices sounds more like
    my camping trip last year at Bonnaroo.  Nobody
    is dying here, nor starving, and peeing into plastic bags has killed no one I
    know of.

     

    I expect more from H & N then pandering to
    hysterics.

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