Winds moved through La. before Triumph broke loose
MOBILE, Ala. - High winds are being blamed for breaking the Carnival cruise ship Triumph free of its moorings in a south Alabama shipyard Wednesday afternoon.
Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said the ship drifted and is resting against a cargo vessel. Gulliksen said tugboats and U.S. Coast Guard officials are on the scene.
Media outlets in Alabama reported as many as three crew members who were working on the ship at the time, were thrown overboard. Two were plucked from the water.
Before moving into the Mobile-area, the line of winds moved over Louisiana where gusts reached 35 mph. Wind damage was reported at the NASA facility, Michoud, in New Orleans.
Closer to the dock where Triump was moored, gusts reached 70 mph, according to data at the USS Alabama.
The Triumph was disabled Feb. 10 by an engine fire that stranded thousands of passengers onboard for days in the Gulf.
It has been docked in Alabama since being towed to port.
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