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Smells are 'gross' aboard stranded cruise ship

  • 4,000+ passengers, crew waiting for tow in Gulf of Mexico
  • Issues with running water, scarce electricity
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous stands by to assist the cruise ship Carnival Triumph.

Some of the passengers stuck at sea on a Carnival cruise ship are sleeping outside on the ship's decks to try and stay cool.

They're waiting to get a tow, after a fire in the ship's engine room Sunday. There are few working toilets and little food. One passenger texted "the smells are gross."

The ship and its more than 4,200 occupants are adrift off the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Carnival says they have been able to fix some toilets and get running water for showers. Two other ships have dropped off supplies. 

The first of two tugboats arrived Monday night and a second is expected to arrive this morning. The Carnival Triumph will be towed to Mobile, Alabama and is expected to get there some time on Thursday.

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