Carnival Splendor Fire

November 9, 2010 by staff 

Carnival Splendor Fire, (AP) — Tugboats are headed out to sea to tow in a cruise ship that lost power off California after an engine room fire.

The 952-foot cruise ship Carnival Splendor is about 55 miles off the northern Baja coast and tugboats will take it to the Mexican port of Ensenada.

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines says the ship, on a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera, has auxiliary power, but air conditioning, hot food service, hot water and telephones were knocked out. The cruise line says toilets and cold water were restored overnight.

None of the nearly 4,500 passengers and crew members were hurt.

Carnival says the tugboats are expected to arrive at midday Tuesday.

The fire started Monday while the ship was about 150 miles south of San Diego.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A cruise ship that’s been adrift since an engine room fire as it headed for Mexico is awaiting the arrival of two boats that will tow it back to shore.

Speaking by phone Tuesday from a cutter that arrived on scene off the northern Baja coast, Coast Guard Lt. Khris Johns told NBC’s “Today” show it will take about 24 hours to tow the 952-foot-long Carnival Cruise Lines ship to port.

Johns says food and provisions are available to people onboard. And while the ship has lost propulsion, Johns says the ship is running on an alternate generator that’s powering basic services such as sewage and navigation equipment.

According to Carnival Cruise Lines, the blaze on the Carnival Splendor broke out Monday. The ship is carrying 3,299 guests and 1,167 crew members. No one was hurt.

(This version CORRECTS with updated Carnival statement saying tugboats still en route to ship and arriving midday.)

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