People on board the Carnival Triumph must be feeling pretty helpless. The ship has been adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for three days after an engine fire left it unable to move. And there's been very little in the way of services for passengers. Electricity and working plumbing are reportedly in short supply.
Some relatives and friends of those on board have taken to Twitter to vent and spread the word about how their loved ones are doing. Communication from passengers has been spotty, but this Twitter user was apparently able to get an update on her brother:
My brother and @tauntsociety are on the cruise ship that caught fire in the Carribean. Glad they're okay but will worry until they're home.
— Patti(@lovesFABromance) February 11, 2013
The sad face emojiis didn't translate on this post from one frustrated friend:
The fact that my bestfriend is stuck on the cruise ship that's engine caught on fire<<<<<<<<#COMEBACKHALEY
— Rachel Cortez (@rachcort44) February 11, 2013
News media have been trying to make contact with people on board and relatives of those who are stuck on the ship. This Twitter user actually heard her grandfather being interviewed on TV about his wife, whose cruise has turned into an ordeal:
My gma is on a stranded cruise ship that's engine got caught on fire and my gpa was on the news talking about how he wants her home #omg
— Jaci Blue(@jaciblue11) February 12, 2013
Check out this great picture, tweeted from the Celebrity Triumph on February 7. One of this person's followers replied "HATE YOU," apparently jealous of her vacation ahead. Little did they know...
— Haley Meyer (@haleymeyerr) February 7, 2013
There IS some good news to tweet about -- tugboats have hooked up to the ship, and are now towing it to Mobile, Alabama. At six knots per hour (which equals just under seven miles per hour) Celebrity Triumph's 3,200 plus passengers could be on dry land by Thursday.
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