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Crews corral cruise ship that tore loose in Ala.

The Triumph shows damage it sustained after being dislodged from its mooring in Mobile, Ala., on Wednesday. The ship was disabled Feb. 10 by a fire that stranded thousands of passengers.

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The Triumph shows damage it sustained after being dislodged from its mooring in Mobile, Ala., on Wednesday. The ship was disabled Feb. 10 by a fire that stranded thousands of passengers.

MOBILE, Ala. — The crippled cruise ship whose sewage-filled breakdown in the Gulf of Mexico subjected thousands to horrendous conditions tore loose Wednesday from the dock where it's being repaired, lumbered downriver and crunched into a cargo ship.

Wind gusts near hurricane strength shoved the 900-foot Carnival Triumph free from its mooring in downtown Mobile, where the ship was brought in a five-day ordeal that began when an engine fire stranded it off of Mexico in February.

After the ship became loose, it rested against a cargo vessel. It drifted for a couple of hours before being secured as of 5 p.m., and moved to the Mobile Cruise Terminal, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said. Four tug boats used several mooring lines to secure the ship to the cruise terminal.

A 20-foot gash about 2 to 3 feet wide was visible about halfway up the hull from the water and it wrapped partway around the stern. Beneath the gashed area, two levels of railing were dangling and broken. Electric cables that had been plugged in on shore were dangling from the side of the ship. Carnival said damage, though, was limited.

The violent weather Wednesday also blew a nearby guard shack into the water. One shipyard worker was rescued and crews were searching for another, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said, but the cruise ship's mishap was unrelated.

Some crew members and workers had been staying on the ship while it was being repaired and people could be seen looking out the windows and on the deck of the ship Wednesday. Carnival said all 800 of its crew members and contractors who were working aboard were safe.

On Feb. 10, an engine fire disabled the Triumph during a cruise.

Crews corral cruise ship that tore loose in Ala. 04/03/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 10:59pm]
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