Carnival says Triumph is secured

By Tom Stieghorst
Carnival Cruise Lines said the Carnival Triumph has been retrieved after it broke loose from its moorings during a sudden windstorm.

Two shipyard security employees stationed near the ship were swept off the dock during the storm and its aftermath. One has been rescued by the Coast Guard and the search continues for the second.

Tugboats helped move the ship to the Mobile Cruise Terminal. Lines have secured the ship and tugs will remain alongside as a precaution, a Carnival statement said.

All of the approximately 600 crew and 200 contractors on the ship are safe and have been accounted for, Carnival said.

Photos show a new 20-foot gash in the stern area near the mooring deck of the Triumph. It is unclear if the damage was caused by striking a pier or another ship.

Carnival said that while assessment of damage to Triumph is ongoing, initial indications suggest it is minimal.

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