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#FailBoat: Twitter cruises into stranded ship saga

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  • Friends, family tweet about loved ones aboard Carnival ship
  • Vessel adrift for days after fire incapacitated much of it
The tugs Resolve Pioneer and Dabhol tow and steer the 893-foot Carnival Triumph cruise ship Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013, in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is en route to Mobile, Alabama, after an engine room fire a few days prior. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Chris Shivock.

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:

The sad face emojiis didn't translate on this post from one frustrated friend:

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:

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...

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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