Triumph Cruise Ship Breaks Free in Gusty Winds
By By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
April 06, 2013, 8:38:44 AM EDT
The Carnival Triumph cruise ship that suffered an engine fire and power outage in February broke free of its moorings in Mobile, Ala.
5:52 p.m. EDT Wednesday
Reports from CNN of at least one person missing after winds dislodged a guard shack and sent it into the water. One person who was pulled from the water and transported to the hospital is being treated for mild hypothermia. The dislodging of the guard shack is unrelated to the loose cruise ship.
"It was raining and winds were gusting between 50 and 60 mph in the vicinity of Mobile between 1 and 2 p.m. CDT," said AccuWeather Senior Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
The ship struck a dock and an Army Corp boat before coming to rest against a cargo vessel. Local news reported damage to the right side of the stern and the bow may also be damaged. There are no reports of injuries.
"There was a squall moving rapidly eastward along the Gulf Coast during the midday hours Wednesday," Sosnowski said, "The Bay St. Louis area of Mississippi had gusts to 71 mph and gusts of 84 mph were measured at NASA's Michoud Facility approximately a couple of hours before the incident at Mobile Bay."
The U.S. Coast Guard is on the scene to assist with the recovery of the vessel.
During the midday hours, there were multiple reports of high winds along the north-central Gulf Coast area Wednesday. Incidents ranged from downed trees to damaged roofs.
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