MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Carnival Triumph has been secured at the Alabama Cruise Terminal, according to a release from Carnival Cruise Lines. Carnival said tugboats pulled the ship into the terminal and will remain alongside the vessel as a precaution.
The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department said the Carnival Triumph has broken away from BAE Shipyard Wednesday, April 3.
Officials said the ship broke away around 2 p.m. Steve Huffman with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department said the weather is also responsible for the cruise ship breaking loose from its moorings.
FOX10 News Chief Meteorologist Jason Smith explained in a blog how the high winds were caused by a wake low.
- Wake lows are unusual and unpredictable
- They form behind an area of non-severe rain due to a rapid decrease in pressure
- They are short-lived and localized
- With winds approaching 70 mph Wednesday, this was a significant wake low, certainly on the stronger side that these achieve
Carnival said there were 600 crew members and 200 contractors on board, all of which have been accounted for and uninjured.
Witnesses report the ship hitting another vessel at Signal International Shipyard. Initial reports from Signal show no damage to that vessel. Carnival said the Triumph sustained "limited" damage.
The ship was at BAE for repairs after an engine fire caused it to break down during a cruise with more than 3,000 passengers aboard, leaving the guests and the crew adrift at sea for five days.
The MFRD said two people were in the water in the area, but they are not related to the ship. Huffman said they were employees of BAE and not Carnival. They were in a guard tower nearby when the wind blew it over and threw them into the water, Huffman said. One of the people has been found and taken to the hospital. He said the man is suffering from mild hypothermia.
The U.S. Coast Guard said a crew is searching the Mobile River for the missing man. Coast Guard officials said the man was not wearing a life jacket.
"Up until about 3:45, the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department was conducting a search for the second person. We have since turned the scene over to Mobile Police, the Mobile County Sheriff's Flotilla and the U.S. Coast Guard," said Huffman.
Huffman said those crews will search until dark and possibly later into the evening.
"The Coast Guard will use aircraft. The sheriff's flotilla has boats in the water and they have underwater search capabilities with SONAR," he said.
The Coast Guard also said they are the agency investigating the cause of the incident.
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