At this moment, a rescue operation is under way for 4,200 people floating on a cruise ship the size of two football fields. They are drifting aimlessly after a fire killed the power yesterday morning.... See More
At this moment, a rescue operation is under way for 4,200 people floating on a cruise ship the size of two football fields. They are drifting aimlessly after a fire killed the power yesterday morning. The ship was stranded 150 miles off the yucatan peninsula in mexico and abc's matt gutman is now wis to tell us what's being done to help the people on board. Reporter: These are the first images of rescue efforts for the carnival "trium"triumph." floating dead in the water, 150 miles off the coast of mexico. It is adrift. They are operating on emergency power. They're currently in deep water and not near any hazzards no navigation. Reporter: The ship even bigger than the titanic was bobbing like a 100,000 ton cork after a fire blew out its four engines. Normally a sparkling city on the sea, but now conditions are turning horrendous. After 36 hours, garbage is piling up. No air conditioning. Many toy lets not working. They have no running water, i mean, it's pitiful. Reporter: Brelt. 'S wife is aboard. They are all crying and hysterical. They want tos go home. Reporter: Life boats from another ship brought food to the crippled "triumph." It's been plagued by engine problems on two of its previous journeys. The stack belched out this black smoke.And jay key posted this warni on facebook. "They have been risking people's lives for months." Two years ago, another ship was crippled by an engine fire. The u.S. Navy had to chopper in 70,000 pounds of supplies. Just moments ago, that first tug reached the stricken boat, but it will take a full three days to haul that ship back to land. Not much of a vacation for those aboard, but carnival says it is reimburse all the passengers and give them a voucher for another free cruise, if they choose to take it.
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