Docked Carnival Ship Busts Loose; 1 Missing

Coast Guard searching for Alabama dockworker

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 3, 2013 3:01 PM CDT | Updated Apr 3, 2013 3:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – Another mishap involving a Carnival Cruise Lines ship, and this one might end up being the most serious of all. Strong winds apparently caused the Triumph to break free from its mooring in Mobile, Alabama, and Coast Guard crews are searching for a dockworker thought to be missing in the river, reports AP and WKRG. Tug boats apparently have the massive vessel itself back under control, but it was at rest near the dock perpendicular to its original position. The ship also has a gash high up on its stern. The Triumph is the ship that stranded passengers at sea in smelly conditions before being towed into Mobile in February for repairs. Three other Carnival ships also had trouble recently.

In this Feb. 14 photo, crew members watch the activity on the dock after the Carnival Triumph was towed to the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala.
In this Feb. 14 photo, crew members watch the activity on the dock after the Carnival Triumph was towed to the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala.   (AP Photo/John David Mercer)
In this Feb. 14 photo, the cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Ala.
In this Feb. 14 photo, the cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Ala.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
A passenger displays a message as he rides a bus from the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 14, 2013.
A passenger displays a message as he rides a bus from the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/John David Mercer)
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