NEW ORLEANS -- A cruise ship providing
post-Katrina lodging here broke free from its mooring Feb. 13,
sending more than 1,000 New Orleans city workers and their families
for a brief ride on the Mississippi River.
Carnival Cruise Lines
855-foot Ecstasy was set adrift about 5:35 a.m. when a metal
bollard holding its tie-down lines broke off the wharf in high
winds, according to a statement released by Carnival. There were no
injuries reported and no damage to the ship, the statement
The ship went less
than a mile downriver before the captain and crew, with the help of
a river pilot who managed to get aboard, dropped the ships anchor
and secured its position, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Tugboats returned the ship to its berth.
The ship was secured
in about five minutes, said Scott Talbot, an officer at the USCG
sector in New Orleans. He added that the crew and river pilots
quick response averted a major incident.
The Ecstasy is under
charter to the U.S. government and provides temporary housing to
New Orleans police officers, firefighters and emergency
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